Meaning of “dramatic” in the English Dictionary

"dramatic" in British English

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uk /drəˈmæt.ɪk/ us /drəˈmæt̬.ɪk/

dramatic adjective (EXCITING)

B2 very sudden or noticeable, or full of action and excitement:

a dramatic change/improvement
We watched scenes of the dramatic rescue on the news.

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  • What accounts for the dramatic turnabout in Britain's international trading performance?
  • There has been a dramatic shift in public opinion towards peaceful negotiations.
  • In 1986 he made a very public and dramatic political volte-face from Left to Right.
  • The increase in the number of young people leaving to work in the cities has had a dramatic impact on the demography of the villages.
  • He secured a dramatic victory for England by netting the ball half a minute before the end of the game.

(Definition of “dramatic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dramatic" in American English

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us /drəˈmæt̬·ɪk/

dramatic adjective (RELATING TO THEATER)

relating to plays and acting:

He’s as good in comedies as he is in dramatic roles.

dramatic adjective (EXCITING)

(of an event or situation) producing excitement and strong interest because unexpected, surprising, or dangerous:

In a dramatic rescue, 10 crewmen were lifted to a helicopter just minutes before their ship sank.

Dramatic also means sudden and showing a big change:

There has been a dramatic reduction in crime in New York City.

(Definition of “dramatic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)