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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To adapt (a story or literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio.
  • intransitive verb To present or draw attention to in a dramatic way.
  • intransitive verb To be adaptable to dramatic form.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To compose in the form of the drama; to represent in a drama; to adapt to dramatic representation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To adapt a literary work so that it can be performed in the theatre, or on radio or television.
  • verb To present something in a dramatic or melodramatic manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb put into dramatic form
  • verb represent something in a dramatic manner
  • verb add details to

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