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Line breaks: ex|ag¦ger|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzadʒəreɪt
, ɛɡ-/

Definition of exaggerate in English:


[with object]
1Represent (something) as being larger, better, or worse than it really is: she was apt to exaggerate any aches and pains [no object]: I couldn’t sleep for three days—I’m not exaggerating
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
informal over the top, OTT, tall
1.1 (as adjective exaggerated) Enlarged or altered beyond normal proportions: exaggerated features such as a massive head and beetling brows
More example sentences
  • As soon as he walked in all cameras focused on him and his hero pals made an exaggerated show of affection towards him.
  • This can lead to exaggerated food portions or over consumption of calories.
  • We in the West have done far more than the Russians to publicise the fact that our children embody all of our exaggerated fears today.


mid 16th century: from Latin exaggerat- 'heaped up', from the verb exaggerare, from ex- 'thoroughly' + aggerare 'heap up' (from agger 'heap'). The word originally meant 'pile up, accumulate', later 'intensify praise or blame', giving rise to current senses.



Example sentences
  • Sitting in the office where he has been busily preparing to lead election-night coverage, he is clearly fired up by an otherwise uninspiring campaign, chuckling, giggling, contriving exaggeratedly actorish expressions.
  • You'll all be happy to know that I escaped my self-made prison without too much trouble, although I nearly slipped and fell when I tried to make an exaggeratedly large step well over the possible height of any of my candles.
  • After returning across the bridge, she shed her veils, exaggeratedly made-up her face and disappeared among the pedestrians travelling south along the waterfront.


Pronunciation: /-rətɪv/
Example sentences
  • There have been movie - makers who have stepped out of the realms of exaggerative patriotism and have dared to show America and its people for what they really are.
  • I must admit even though I am on the receiving end of all this exaggerative policing, I am grateful for the sense of safety it promotes.
  • You have an overly exaggerative imagination.


Example sentences
  • May you survive the tempests that you are tempting, angering that the ungodly tribe of fibbers, exaggerators and outrageous abusers of power to bludgeon the real number.
  • I've gone through the claims and counter-claims, and suspect he was valiant in one incident and a whiner or exaggerator in others.
  • But the fact that he's a serial exaggerator is exactly why this story should receive attention, not why it should be shrugged off.

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