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exaggerate

ex·ag·ger·ate

exaggerate

 
 
pronunciation:
ihg zae j reIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: exaggerated, exaggerates, exaggerating
definition 1: to overstate (the size, value, importance, or other quality of a thing, person, or event).
He exaggerated his role in the rescue of the child.She tends to exaggerate her troubles in order to get everyone's sympathy.We are not exaggerating the degree of the problem, and we are asking for your immediate help.
synonyms:
blow up, hyperbolize, inflate, overstate
antonyms:
minimize, soft-pedal, understate
similar words:
magnify, overblow, overdraw, overestimate, overplay, overrate, overvalue
definition 2: to make (something) be or seem larger or more extreme.
That tall hat exaggerates his height.
synonyms:
inflate, magnify
antonyms:
minimize
similar words:
aggrandize, bloat, blow up, boost, emphasize, maximize, swell
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make overstatements; falsely magnify something.
Don't believe everything he says, as he often exaggerates.I hope you were exaggerating about the size of that spider.
synonyms:
hyperbolize
similar words:
ham, magnify, oversell, show off
derivations: exaggeratingly (adv.), exaggerator (n.)