exaggerate

verb ex·ag·ger·ate \ ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrāt \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018
exaggerated; exaggerating
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
: to make an overstatement

exaggeratedly

adverb

exaggeratedness

noun

exaggeration

play \ig-ˌza-jə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

exaggerative

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

exaggerator

play \ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

exaggeratory

play \ig-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.

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Origin and Etymology of exaggerate

borrowed from Latin exaggerātus, past participle of exaggerāre "to heap up, construct by piling up, increase in significance," from ex- 1ex- + aggerāre "to heap up over, form into a heap," verbal derivative of agger "rubble, earthwork, rampart, dam," noun derivative of aggerere "to bring, carry (to or up), push close up (against)," from ag- ag- + gerere "to carry, bring" — more at 1jest

EXAGGERATE Defined for English Language Learners

exaggerate

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

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


EXAGGERATE Defined for Kids

exaggerate

verb ex·ag·ger·ate \ ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrāt \
exaggerated; exaggerating
: to describe as larger or greater than what is true She exaggerated her successes.


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