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.
- 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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How to use exaggerate in a sentence
Indeed, following Schumer’s Thursday remarks both Democratic and Republican Congressional aides told NBC News that Schumer may have exaggerated the latest development in the talks.Stimulus update: McConnell and Schumer discuss averting a shutdown and economic aid | Lance Lambert | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
It suggested that the conventional wisdom about the effectiveness of advertising might be exaggerated.Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV) (Ep. 440) | Stephen J. Dubner | November 19, 2020 | Freakonomics
That would exaggerate the amount of harvesting that would have occurred in the program’s absence, thus overstating the carbon gains it achieves.How Amazon’s offsets could exaggerate its progress toward “net zero” emissions | James Temple | November 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The service declined to remove the episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” after listeners complained that Jones exaggerated the risks of giving children the polio vaccine and that masks don’t help stop the spread of coronavirus, among other things.Spotify draws fire over Alex Jones’s claims in Joe Rogan podcast | Verne Kopytoff | October 28, 2020 | Fortune
I also think there is a fear of conflict that is exaggerated sometimes.
Subjectivity and exaggerating the foibles or bad reasoning of the opposition in political coverage was the norm.
Both politicians and the media, by exaggerating the claims of only certain studies, are exacerbating the problem.
Because when it comes to the media, exaggerating fear is an old trick.
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' | Andrew Romano | March 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Anyone who was upset about it was exaggerating its potential impact.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive? | Kirsten Powers | March 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While this reaction lasted he laughed away the evidence, and honestly believed he was exaggerating trifles.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
I shall not be accused of exaggerating when I say that the odds against such an enterprise were enormous.First Plays | A. A. Milne
George said in low tones, 'It's no good exaggerating the misfortune.Sarah's School Friend | May Baldwin
Without doubt the she-mole observes the rule, even in exaggerating its severity, but why the rule?The Natural Philosophy of Love | Remy de Gourmont
Are you perfectly certain, Grigory Mihalitch, that you are not exaggerating, et que ce nest pas une fausse alarme?Smoke | Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
British Dictionary definitions for exaggerate
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 usual: his new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
- exaggeratingly, adverb
- exaggeration, noun
- exaggerative or exaggeratory, adjective
- exaggerator, noun
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