hyperbolize

verb

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

Example Sentences

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 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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Cite this Entry

“Hyperbolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperbolize. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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