[ 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.

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.

Origin of exaggerate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin exaggerātus “heaped up,” past participle of exaggerāre “to heap up,” from ex- ex-1 + agger “heap” + -āre, infinitive verb suffix

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Other words from exaggerate

  • ex·ag·ger·at·ing·ly, adverb
  • ex·ag·ger·a·tor, noun
  • non·ex·ag·ger·at·ing, adjective
  • o·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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British Dictionary definitions for exaggerate


/ (ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt) /

  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

Origin of exaggerate

C16: from Latin exaggerāre to magnify, from aggerāre to heap, from agger heap

Derived forms of exaggerate

  • exaggeratingly, adverb
  • exaggeration, noun
  • exaggerative or exaggeratory, adjective
  • exaggerator, noun

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