An example of exaggerate is when you catch a two pound fish and say you caught a ten pound fish.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to think, speak, or write of as greater than is really so; magnify beyond the fact; overstate
- to increase or enlarge to an extreme or abnormal degree; overemphasize; intensify
Origin of exaggeratefrom Classical Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare, to increase, exaggerate from ex-, out, up + aggerare, to heap up from agger, a heap from aggerere, to bring toward from ad-, to + gerere, to carry: see gesture
verbex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing, ex·ag·ger·ates
Origin of exaggerateLatin exaggerāre exaggerāt- to heap up, magnify ex- intensive pref. ; see ex- . aggerāre to pile up ( from agger pile ) ( from aggerere to bring to ) ( ad- ad- ) ( gerere to bring )
- ex·ag′ger·a′tive ex·ag′ger·a·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present exaggerates, present participle exaggerating, simple past and past participle exaggerated)
From Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare (“to heap up, increase, enlarge, magnify, amplify, exaggerate”), from ex (“out, up”) + aggerare (“to heap up”), from agger (“a pile, heap, mound, dike, mole, pier, etc.”), from aggerere, adgerere (“to bring together”), from ad (“to”) + gerere (“to carry”).