Exaggerate definition

ĭg-zăjə-rāt
To make overstatements.
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To increase or enlarge to an extreme or abnormal degree; overemphasize; intensify.
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To give an exaggerated description or account.
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To exaggerate is defined as to stretch the truth or to make something seem bigger than it is.

An example of exaggerate is when you catch a two pound fish and say you caught a ten pound fish.

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To think, speak, or write of as greater than is really so; magnify beyond the fact; overstate.
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To overstate, to describe more than is fact.

I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate!

He said he'd slept with hundreds of girls, but I know he's exaggerating. The real number is about ten.

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To consider, represent, or cause to appear as larger, more important, or more extreme than is actually the case; overstate.

Exaggerated his own role in the episode; exaggerated the size of the enemy force; exaggerated how difficult the project would be.

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Origin of exaggerate

  • 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

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary