[ ig-zaj-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt /
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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.
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Origin of exaggerate
OTHER WORDS FROM exaggerate
ex·ag·ger·at·ing·ly, adverbex·ag·ger·a·tor, nounnon·ex·ag·ger·at·ing, adjectiveo·ver·ex·ag·ger·ate, verb, o·ver·ex·ag·ger·at·ed, o·ver·ex·ag·ger·at·ing.
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How to use exaggerate in a sentence
Gloria also took some heat last month after the city released a report that exaggerated the city’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.7 Big Promises and Priorities From Gloria’s State of the City Address|Lisa Halverstadt and MacKenzie Elmer|January 14, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Lemp’s family members have long held that the police exaggerated the threat he posed.Body-cam video in fatal Duncan Lemp raid confirms police did not record shooting|Dan Morse|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
A nimble powerhouseI’m not exaggerating when I say that this product will change your life.7 gifts to take the stress out of stress-cleaning|Jessica Boddy|December 16, 2020|Popular-Science
In a study released this month, a team of researchers at New York University found that fears about virus transmissions in public transportation systems could be exaggerated.Study explores link between public transportation and spread of seasonal flu|Lori Aratani|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
And, yes, in some ways on some days, I think perhaps it has been exaggerated, including maybe exaggerated in the press.Dan Rather: Propaganda and injustice are a ‘very potent, toxic mix’|Joe Heim|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for exaggerate
/ (ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt) /
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 forms of exaggerateexaggeratingly, 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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