Origin of Exaggerate
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”).
Latin exaggerāre exaggerāt- to heap up, magnify ex- intensive pref. ex– aggerāre to pile up (from agger pile) (from aggerere to bring to) (ad- ad-) (gerere to bring)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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