What does exaggerate mean?

Definitions for exaggerateɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word exaggerate.

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francis Bacon:

    Never exaggerate your faults. Your friends will attend to that.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Considering the size of the universe, we might conclude that God likes to exaggerate!

  3. Bernie Sanders:

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

  4. Jeb Bush:

    Our ad simply uses his own language, his own words...those are his words not mine, I didn't exaggerate a single thing.

  5. Heidi Beirich:

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

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