- 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 exaggeratingly
Historical Examples of exaggeratingly
"I think she is the most interesting and entertaining person I've seen in years," declared Elfreda exaggeratingly.Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College
Jessie Graham Flower
They are exaggeratingly pretended to be the product of great wisdom and art, and are rendered sweet and palatable to reason.Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
- 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 for exaggerate
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.