exaggerate

[ ig-zaj-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.

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), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.

to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.

Origin of exaggerate

1525–35; < Latin exaggerātus (past participle of exaggerāre heap up), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + agger heap + -ātus -ate1
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exaggerate

/ (ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt) /

verb

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

Derived Formsexaggeratingly, adverbexaggeration, nounexaggerative or exaggeratory, adjectiveexaggerator, noun

Word Origin for exaggerate

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