- 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.
- to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.
Origin of exaggerate
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Examples from the Web for exaggerating
Subjectivity and exaggerating the foibles or bad reasoning of the opposition in political coverage was the norm.What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News
November 6, 2014
Both politicians and the media, by exaggerating the claims of only certain studies, are exacerbating the problem.Another Hazy Week For Weed
September 1, 2014
Because when it comes to the media, exaggerating fear is an old trick.Breaking: Trend Stories Are Bullsh*t
April 8, 2014
Science fiction tends to reflect reality, exaggerating it to make a point.Hollywood's Obsession With Hillary Clinton-Like Villains, From 'Divergent' to 'The Hunger Games'
March 21, 2014
Anyone who was upset about it was exaggerating its potential impact.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
"Now, Emma, there again you are exaggerating," rejoined Tom.
The history of psychiatry and sorcery proves that we are not exaggerating.The Sexual Question
To think that the evening before they accused her at the Boches' of exaggerating the picture!L'Assommoir
And then came the buying of the presents, confirming the reports and exaggerating them.Doctor Pascal
Exaggerating the humiliation of that day, he thought his influence in the island was gone.The Manxman
- to regard or represent as larger or greater, more important or more successful, etc, than is true
- (tr) to make greater, more noticeable, etc, than usualhis new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
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.