over·​ex·​ag·​ger·​ate | \ ˌō-vər-ig-ˈza-jə-ˌrāt How to pronounce overexaggerate (audio) \
overexaggerated; overexaggerating

Definition of overexaggerate

transitive + intransitive

: to exaggerate (something) to an excessive degree overexaggerating the threat/danger/risk Its effect/impact/importance was greatly overexaggerated. Let's face it: we are hardly objective in evaluating ourselves. We overexaggerate both our talents and failings.— Mark Rice-Oxley He yawns, overexaggerating, like a silent screen star.— Marly Swick … Roberts's most disgusting habit threatened to tear their chemistry apart. OK, so maybe we're slightly overexaggerating.— Crystal Bell

Other Words from overexaggerate

overexaggeration \ ˌō-​vər-​ig-​ˌza-​jə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce overexaggeration (audio) \ noun, plural overexaggerations
knew his complaint was an overexaggeration
overexaggerated adjective
overexaggerated gestures/claims

First Known Use of overexaggerate

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Overexaggerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexaggerate. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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