American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To adapt to performance on the stage; dramatize: "All ethnic dance troupes theatricalize the dance of the folk” ( Robert J. Pierce).
- v. To make a spectacle of; display showily.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render theatrical; put in dramatic form; dramatize. Also spelled theatricalise.
- v. To render suitable for the theatre.
“And I like to be strident and state when I-- plus it's a big theater, and you intensify things, you theatricalize.”
“There are just two Austen novels left for Book-It to theatricalize "Mansfield Park" and "Northanger Abbey", and they plan to do so.”
“That’ll theatricalize the play, give it some movement, some energy.”
“metaphors" with which to theatricalize this theme, and now -- today's jaunt is the second day of a two-day visit arranged by Vera Cunningham -- they are seeing how their ideas play with the guys at Stateville,”
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