dram·a·tize (drămə-tīz′, drämə-)
v. dram·a·tized, dram·a·tiz·ing, dram·a·tiz·es
1. To adapt (a story or literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio.
2. 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.
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