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

  • Pronunciation: /ˈdræmətaɪz/
  • English Description: to make a book or event into a play or film/to make a situation seem more exciting, terrible etc than it really is/to make something more noticeable
  • Chinese Translation: 使戏剧化(Shi3 Xi4 Ju4 Hua4)
  • Spanish Translation: Dramatizar
  • STORY: 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.


  • Zimmerman's cast members take turns serving as narrators, fast-forwarding the dramatized story and calling attention to variants of the tale. Los Angeles Times Mar 29, 2015
  • This incident dramatized the difficulties involved in the project.

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