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exaggerate

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verb ex·ag·ger·ate \ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of exaggerate

  • : to think of or describe something as larger or greater than it really is

  • : to make (something) larger or greater than normal

Full Definition of exaggerate

ex·ag·ger·at·edex·ag·ger·at·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth :  overstate <a friend exaggerates a man's virtues — Joseph Addison>

  3. 2 :  to enlarge or increase especially beyond the normal :  overemphasize

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make an overstatement

ex·ag·ger·at·ed·ly adverb
ex·ag·ger·at·ed·ness noun
ex·ag·ger·a·tion play \-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
ex·ag·ger·a·tive play \-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈzaj-rə-, -ˈza-jə-\ adjective
ex·ag·ger·a·tor play \-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
ex·ag·ger·a·to·ry play \-ˈzaj-rə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈza-jə-\ adjective

Examples of exaggerate

  1. The book exaggerates the difficulties he faced in starting his career.

  2. It's impossible to exaggerate the importance of this discovery.

  3. He tends to exaggerate when talking about his accomplishments.

  4. He exaggerated his movements so we could see them more clearly.



Origin of exaggerate

Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare, literally, to heap up, from ex- + agger heap, from aggerere to carry toward, from ad- + gerere to carry


First Known Use: 1613

Rhymes with exaggerate

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EXAGGERATE Defined for Kids

exaggerate

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verb ex·ag·ger·ate \ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrāt\

Definition of exaggerate

ex·ag·ger·at·edex·ag·ger·at·ing

  1. :  to describe as larger or greater than what is true <She exaggerated her successes.>





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