verb (used with object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.
verb (used without object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.
Origin of exaggerate
Synonyms for exaggerate
Antonyms for exaggerate
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.