dramatize meaning

dramatize meaning

To dramatize something is to put it in dramatic form (like a TV show or movie) or make it seem more dramatic, using exaggeration.

Anytime you see a movie or TV show about real events, the actors are dramatizing what really happened. If you slipped on the sidewalk and hurt your knee a little but later made it sound like the most tragic event in the history of humanity, you’re guilty of dramatizing what happened. To dramatize in that way is to exaggerate and embellish — it’s something that we all do occasionally.

Definitions of dramatize
  1. verb

    put into dramatic form

    synonyms:
    adopt, dramatise

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    type of:

    compose, indite, pen, write

    produce a literary work
  2. verb

    represent something in a dramatic manner

    “These events
    dramatize the lack of social responsibility among today’s youth”

    synonyms:
    dramatise

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    types:

    overdramatise, overdramatize

    present in an overly dramatic manner

    type of:

    represent

    serve as a means of expressing something
  3. verb

    add details to

    synonyms:
    aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, embellish, embroider, lard, pad

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    types:

    glorify

    cause to seem more splendid

    type of:

    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
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