What does exaggerate mean?
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overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyperbolise, magnify, amplifyverb
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
"tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
do something to an excessive degree
"He overdid it last night when he did 100 pushups"
To overstate, to describe more than is fact.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To heighten by representation; to enlarge by hyperbolical expressions.
Etymology: exaggero, Latin.
He had exaggerated, as pathetically as he could, the sense the people generally had, even despair of ever seeing an end of the calamities. Edward Hyde, b. viii.
A friend exaggerates a man’s virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 399.
Exaggeration is the representation of something as more extreme or dramatic than it really is. Exaggeration may occur intentionally or unintentionally. Exaggeration can be a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression. Amplifying achievements, obstacles and problems to seek attention is an everyday occurrence Inflating the difficulty of achieving a goal after attaining it, can be used to bolster self-esteem.In the arts, exaggerations are used to create emphasis or effect. As a literary device, exaggerations is often used in poetry, and is frequently encountered in casual speech. Many times the usages of hyperbole describes something as better or worse than it really is. An example of hyperbole is: "The bag weighed a ton." Hyperbole makes the point that the bag was very heavy, though it probably does not weigh a ton.Exaggerating is also a type of deception, as well as a means of malingering – magnifying small injuries or discomforts as an excuse to avoid responsibilities.
to heap up; to accumulate
to amplify; to magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth ; to delineate extravagantly ; to overstate the truth concerning
Etymology: [L. exaggeratus , p. p. of exaggerare to heap up; ex out + aggerare to heap up, fr. agger heap, aggerere to bring to; ad to + gerere to bear. See Jest. ]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
egz-aj′ėr-āt, v.t. to magnify unduly: to represent too strongly: to intensify.—n. Exaggerā′tion, extravagant representation: a statement in excess of the truth.—adjs. Exagg′erative, Exagg′eratory, containing exaggeration or tending to exaggerate.—n. Exagg′erator. [L. exaggerāre, -ātum—ex, aggerāre, to heap up—agger, a heap.]
The numerical value of exaggerate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of exaggerate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of exaggerate in a Sentence
I couldnt really exaggerate or fabricate any of these stories, theyre just too bizarre.
We did not exaggerate anything. We're not backtracking at all from the 80 %.
I do not exaggerate when I tell you that the foundations of American democracy are being undermined.
They don’t provide their membership lists. They’re not going to tell us or, if they give us numbers, they exaggerate.
People exaggerate, particularly in Washington, the impact of gas over oil, for every dollar that Russia earns from oil and gas, 80 cents of that is oil and only 20 cents of it is gas.
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- exagerarCatalan, Valencian
- μεγαλοποιώ, παραφουσκώνω, υπερβάλλω, παρακάνωGreek
- گزاف گفتنPersian
- outrer, exagérerFrench
- eltúloz, túlozHungarian
- ýkja, yfirdrífaIcelandic
- გადაჭარბება, გაზვიადებაGeorgian
- 과장하다, 과대시하다Korean
- przesadzać, wyolbrzymiaćPolish
- утрировать, преувеличить, преувеличиватьRussian
- teproj, zmadhojAlbanian
- מעגאַזעמ זייַןYiddish
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