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tr.v. the·at·ri·cal·ized, the·at·ri·cal·iz·ing, the·at·ri·cal·iz·es
1. To adapt to performance on the stage; dramatize: "All ethnic dance troupes theatricalize the dance of the folk" (Robert J. Pierce).
2. To make a spectacle of; display showily.

the·at′ri·cal·i·za′tion (-kə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
the·at′ri·cal·iz′er n.


(θɪˈætrɪkəˌlaɪz) or


1. (Theatre) (tr) to adapt (something) for presentation in a theatre
2. (tr) to present in a showy or theatrical way
3. (Theatre) (intr) to perform in a theatre
4. (Theatre) (intr) to go to the theatre
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