Definitions for exaggerateɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ag•ger•ateɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately:

    He exaggerates his accomplishments.

  2. to increase or enlarge abnormally:

    That dress exaggerates my thinness.

  3. (v.i.)to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing.

Origin of exaggerate:

1525–35; < L exaggerātus, ptp. of exaggerāre to heap up, make greater =ex-ex -1+aggerāre to pile, der. of agger rubble, mound


Princeton's WordNet

  1. overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyperbolise, magnify, amplify(verb)

    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

    "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"

  2. overdo, exaggerate(verb)

    do something to an excessive degree

    "He overdid it last night when he did 100 pushups"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. exaggerate(verb)ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt

    to make sth seem bigger, better, etc. than it really is

    He's always exaggerating.; the threat of war exaggerated by the press; Exaggeration is often used in drama.; She must weigh 250 pounds - and that's not an exaggeration!; an exaggerated story


  1. exaggerate(Verb)

    To overstate, to describe more than is fact.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exaggerate(verb)

    to heap up; to accumulate

  2. Exaggerate(verb)

    to amplify; to magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth ; to delineate extravagantly ; to overstate the truth concerning

Translations for exaggerate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make (something) appear to be, or describe it as, greater etc than it really is

You seem to be exaggerating his faults; That dress exaggerates her thinness.

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