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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.
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 exaggerates
  • 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.
  • Corset-squeezed waists exaggerates the waist to hip ratio as a prime example of culture driven by evolution.
  • It's the sort of figure that grabs media headlines, but it also exaggerates the depth of the relationship.
  • He's not saying that he exaggerates facts about the impact of global warming.
  • Television magnifies and exaggerates nearly everything it shows.
  • Your summary of their interactions still exaggerates the connection quite a bit.
  • He holds his hands high, near his helmet, and exaggerates his leg kick to generate power.
British Dictionary definitions for exaggerates


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 exaggerates



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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