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Definitions for exaggerate
ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪtex·ag·ger·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyperbolise, magnify, amplifyverb

    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

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

  2. overdo, exaggerateverb

    do something to an excessive degree

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


  1. exaggerateverb

    To overstate, to describe more than is fact.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXAGGERATEverb

    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.


  1. exaggerate

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exaggerateverb

    to heap up; to accumulate

  2. Exaggerateverb

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

  3. 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

  1. Exaggerate

    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, -ātumex, aggerāre, to heap up—agger, a heap.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exaggerate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exaggerate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of exaggerate in a Sentence

  1. Matt Daybell:

    I couldnt really exaggerate or fabricate any of these stories, theyre just too bizarre.

  2. Adrian Hill:

    We did not exaggerate anything. We're not backtracking at all from the 80 %.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    I do not exaggerate when I tell you that the foundations of American democracy are being undermined.

  4. Heidi Beirich:

    They don’t provide their membership lists. They’re not going to tell us or, if they give us numbers, they exaggerate.

  5. Edward Chow:

    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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    a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
    • A. nidus
    • B. subrogation
    • C. preponderance
    • D. scalawag

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