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exaggerate

Synonyms of exaggerate in English:

verb

  • the conflict was exaggerated by the media they often exaggerate for dramatic effect
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate;
    hyperbolize, add colour, stretch the truth, catastrophize;
    British  overpitch
    informal pile it on, lay it on thick, lay it on with a trowel/shovel, make a mountain out of a molehill, blow something out of all proportion, make a drama out of a crisis, make a big thing of
    British informal shoot a line
    archaic draw the longbow
    [Antonyms] play down, understate
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