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exaggerate

[ig-zaj-uh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.
  1. to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.
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Origin of exaggerate

1525–35; < Latin exaggerātus (past participle of exaggerāre heap up), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + agger heap + -ātus -ate1
Related formsex·ag·ger·at·ing·ly, adverbex·ag·ger·a·tor, nounnon·ex·ag·ger·at·ing, adjectiveo·ver·ex·ag·ger·ate, verb, o·ver·ex·ag·ger·at·ed, o·ver·ex·ag·ger·at·ing.un·ex·ag·ger·at·ing, adjective

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

Antonyms

1. minimize.
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exaggerate

verb
  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 usualhis new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
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Derived Formsexaggeratingly, adverbexaggeration, nounexaggerative or exaggeratory, adjectiveexaggerator, 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 exaggerate

v.

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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