hy·​per·​bo·​lize hī-ˈpər-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce hyperbolize (audio)
hyperbolized; hyperbolizing

intransitive verb

: to indulge in hyperbole

transitive verb

: to exaggerate to a hyperbolic degree

Examples of hyperbolize in a Sentence

even if she did hyperbolize her account of an encounter with a bear, it still must have been pretty scary
Recent Examples on the Web The filthy talk of collusion, of course hyperbolized by Unsocial Media, again is crawling out of the swamp. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2023 Yet the internet — the same force that has increased awareness of social-justice movements — has hyperbolized all entreaties to our fragmented attention spans. Lauren Oyler, New York Times, 8 May 2018 The show examines stereotypes, hyperbolizes them, then deconstructs them. Darren Franich, PEOPLE.com, 22 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyperbolize was in 1599

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“Hyperbolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperbolize. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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