exaggerate

[ig-zaj-uh-reyt]
verb (used with object), exaggerated, exaggerating.
1.
to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately: to exaggerate the difficulties of a situation.
2.
to increase or enlarge abnormally: Those shoes exaggerate the size of my feet.
verb (used without object), exaggerated, exaggerating.
3.
to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin exaggerātus (past participle of exaggerāre heap up), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + agger heap + -ātus -ate1

exaggeratingly, adverb
exaggerator, noun
nonexaggerating, adjective
overexaggerate, verb, overexaggerated, overexaggerating.
unexaggerating, adjective


1. embellish, amplify, embroider. 2. inflate.


1. minimize.
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exaggerate (ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to regard or represent as larger or greater, more important or more successful, etc, than is true
2.  (tr) to make greater, more noticeable, etc, than usual: his new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
 
[C16: from Latin exaggerāre to magnify, from aggerāre to heap, from agger heap]
 
ex'aggeratingly
 
adv
 
exagger'ation
 
n
 
ex'aggerative
 
adj
 
ex'aggeratory
 
adj
 
ex'aggerator
 
n

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exaggerate
1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from L. exaggeratus, pp. of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," from ex- "thoroughly" + aggerare "heap up," from agger (gen. aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from ad- "to, toward" + gerere "carry." Sense of "overstate" first recorded
in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.
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Example sentences
The slow shutter exaggerates the explosive look of the fireworks.
It is for this reason that he paints so excellently, for this also that he so
  often exaggerates and strikes into falsetto.
Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.
It is a comedy and clearly exaggerates a bit, but their depiction of science
  nerds rings true.
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