transitive verb-·tized·, -·tiz·ing
- to make into a drama; adapt (a story, events, etc.) for performance on the stage, in a film, etc.
- to regard or present (actions, oneself, etc.) as though in a play; give dramatic quality to
Origin of dramatizefrom Late Latin drama (gen. dramatis), drama + -ize
- to be capable of being dramatized
- to dramatize oneself
verbdram·a·tized, dram·a·tiz·ing, dram·a·tiz·es
- To adapt (a story or literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio.
- To present or draw attention to in a dramatic way: The novel dramatizes her disastrous marriage. The demonstration was organized to dramatize the problem of poverty.
To be adaptable to dramatic form: a story that dramatizes well.