Definition of exaggerate
- a friend exaggerates a man's virtues
- —Joseph Addison
The book exaggerates the difficulties he faced in starting his career.
It's impossible to exaggerate the importance of this discovery.
He tends to exaggerate when talking about his accomplishments.
He exaggerated his movements so we could see them more clearly.
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First Known Use: 1613See Words from the same year
: to think of or describe something as larger or greater than it really is
: to make (something) larger or greater than normal
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