American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To adapt (a literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio.
- v. To present or view in a dramatic or melodramatic way.
- v. To be adaptable to dramatic form.
- v. To indulge in self-dramatization.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a drama of; put into dramatic form; adapt for representation on the stage: as, to dramatize an incident or an adventure; to dramatize a legend or a novel.
- To express or manifest dramatically; bring out in a dramatic or theatrical manner.
- Also spelled dramatise.
- v. To adapt a literary work so that it can be performed in the theatre, or on radio or television.
- v. To present something in a dramatic or melodramatic manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. put into dramatic form
- v. represent something in a dramatic manner
- v. add details to
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