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exaggerate

[ig-zaj-uh-reyt] /ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt/
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 of exaggerate
1525-1535
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
Synonyms
1. embellish, amplify, embroider. 2. inflate.
Antonyms
1. minimize.
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  • "Now, Emma, there again you are exaggerating," rejoined Tom.

  • The history of psychiatry and sorcery proves that we are not exaggerating.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • To think that the evening before they accused her at the Boches' of exaggerating the picture!

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • And then came the buying of the presents, confirming the reports and exaggerating them.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • exaggerating the humiliation of that day, he thought his influence in the island was gone.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for exaggerating

exaggerate

/ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to regard or represent as larger or greater, more important or more successful, etc, than is true
2.
(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

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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