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[ig-zaj-uh-reyt] /ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), exaggerated, exaggerating.
to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately:
to exaggerate the difficulties of a situation.
to increase or enlarge abnormally:
Those shoes exaggerate the size of my feet.
verb (used without object), exaggerated, exaggerating.
to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing:
a person who is always exaggerating.
Origin of exaggerate
1525-35; < Latin exaggerātus (past participle of exaggerāre heap up), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + agger heap + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
exaggeratingly, adverb
exaggerator, noun
nonexaggerating, adjective
overexaggerate, verb, overexaggerated, overexaggerating.
unexaggerating, adjective
1. embellish, amplify, embroider. 2. inflate.
1. minimize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exaggerating
  • For a candidate to stand accused of exaggerating his youthful drug use is something new indeed.
  • Vice-presidents get away with exaggerating the good news and hiding the bad.
  • exaggerating something so you can knock it is also a tactic that builds walls.
  • Once again you are exaggerating and lying without a blush.
  • Even if you're not exaggerating your accomplishments, putting them down on paper can make you feel as if you are.
  • But other than that, repeatedly exaggerating the first chapter is fair.
  • Try to pause only as the grammar might pause, if necessary exaggerating the effect a little to hear what the author has done.
  • Falsely reporting items stolen or exaggerating the value of items taken in a burglary to collect insurance money.
  • Strong offshore winds can move water away from coastlines, exaggerating low tide exposures.
  • Suggests questioning the understanding of gender to reveal biases toward either exaggerating or minimizing gender differences.
British Dictionary definitions for exaggerating


to regard or represent as larger or greater, more important or more successful, etc, than is true
(transitive) to make greater, more noticeable, etc, than usual: his new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
Derived Forms
exaggeratingly, adverb
exaggeration, noun
exaggerative, exaggeratory, adjective
exaggerator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exaggerāre to magnify, from aggerāre to heap, from agger heap
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Word Origin and History for exaggerating



1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," literally "to heap, pile, load, fill," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + aggerare "heap up," from agger (genitive aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from ad- "to, toward" + gerere "carry" (see gest). Sense of "overstate" first recorded in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.

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