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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of exaggerate

exaggerated

exaggerating

  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

exaggeratedly

adverb

exaggeratedness

noun

exaggeration

play \-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

exaggerative

play \-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈzaj-rə-, -ˈza-jə-\ adjective

exaggerator

play \-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

exaggeratory

play \-ˈzaj-rə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈza-jə-\ adjective

Examples of exaggerate in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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 for Students

exaggerated

exaggerating

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





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