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
It basically renders the host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” as a cartoon character, perfecting the marriage between chef and his food, both exaggerated for effect.Guy Fieri’s new chain of virtual kitchens aims to help independent restaurants — but will compete with them, too | Tim Carman | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
You will see—in brief, the only exaggerator in the South is Old Sol, for he does enlarge everything he touches.
He was every inch a Gascon, a boastful talker, an exaggerator, fond of posing and a little of a bully.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime | William Henry Atherton
"I must perform my official duties," remarked the King's Exaggerator.The Missing Prince | G. E. Farrow
He smiled, for the sheriff was a well-known exaggerator, but he met no answering smile.Manslaughter | Alice Duer Miller
“I trust you realise what an exaggerator I am—that I lay myself out to exaggerate,” he writes.Familiar Studies of Men and Books | Robert Louis Stevenson
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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