exaggerate


ex·ag·ger·ate

verb \ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrāt\

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

: to make (something) larger or greater than normal

ex·ag·ger·at·edex·ag·ger·at·ing

Full Definition of EXAGGERATE

transitive verb
1
:  to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth :  overstate <a friend exaggerates a man's virtues — Joseph Addison>
2
:  to enlarge or increase especially beyond the normal :  overemphasize
intransitive verb
:  to make an overstatement
ex·ag·ger·at·ed·ly adverb
ex·ag·ger·at·ed·ness noun
ex·ag·ger·a·tion \-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
ex·ag·ger·a·tive \-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈzaj-rə-, -ˈza-jə-\ adjective
ex·ag·ger·a·tor \-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
ex·ag·ger·a·to·ry \-ˈzaj-rə-ˌtr-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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