from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To adapt to performance on the stage; dramatize: "All ethnic dance troupes theatricalize the dance of the folk” ( Robert J. Pierce).
  • transitive v. To make a spectacle of; display showily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To render suitable for the theatre.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render theatrical; put in dramatic form; dramatize. Also spelled theatricalise.


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    CNN Transcript Mar 26, 2004

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