exaggerate

  • 1 exaggerate — [eg zaj′ər āt΄, igzaj′ə rāt΄] vt. exaggerated, exaggerating [< L exaggeratus, pp. of exaggerare, to increase, exaggerate < ex , out, up + aggerare, to heap up < agger, a heap < aggerere, to bring toward < ad , to + gerere, to carry …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 Exaggerate — Ex*ag ger*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exaggerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exaggerating} . ] [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}. ] 1. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 exaggerate — index cloak, compound, distort, enhance, enlarge, expand, falsify, inflate, intensify …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 exaggerate — (v.) 1530s, to pile up, accumulate, from L. exaggeratus, pp. of exaggerare heighten, amplify, magnify, lit. to heap, pile, load, fill, from ex thoroughly (see EX (Cf. ex )) + aggerare heap up, from agger (gen. aggeris) heap, from …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 exaggerate — [v] overstate, embellish amplify, blow out of proportion*, boast, boost, brag, build up, caricature, color, cook up*, corrupt, distort, embroider, emphasize, enlarge, exalt, expand, fabricate, falsify, fudge*, go to extremes*, heighten, hike,… …

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  • 6 exaggerate — ► VERB 1) represent as being greater than in reality. 2) (exaggerated) enlarged or altered beyond normal proportions. DERIVATIVES exaggeratedly adverb exaggeration noun. ORIGIN Latin exaggerare heap up …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 exaggerate */ — UK [ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt] / US [ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt] verb Word forms exaggerate : present tense I/you/we/they exaggerate he/she/it exaggerates present participle exaggerating past tense exaggerated past participle exaggerated 1) [intransitive/transitive] to… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 exaggerate — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly, grossly, vastly, wildly ▪ These figures have been greatly exaggerated. ▪ a little, slightly, etc …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 exaggerate — 01. When Scott hurt his back weeding the garden, he really [exaggerated] how much it hurt so that he wouldn t have to cut the grass. 02. Fishermen always [exaggerate] the size of a fish they almost caught. 03. Oh come on, Lulu, stop… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 exaggerate — ex|ag|ger|ate [ ıg zædʒə,reıt ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to describe something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, larger, more important, etc. than it really is: Don t exaggerate! It wasn t that bad! greatly/grossly/wildly… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 exaggerate — [[t]ɪgzæ̱ʤəreɪt[/t]] exaggerates, exaggerating, exaggerated 1) VERB If you exaggerate, you indicate that something is, for example, worse or more important than it really is. He thinks I m exaggerating... Don t exaggerate... [V n] Sheila admitted …

    English dictionary

  • 12 exaggerate — [c]/əgˈzædʒəreɪt / (say uhg zajuhrayt), /ɛg / (say eg ) verb (exaggerated, exaggerating) –verb (t) 1. to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately: to exaggerate one s importance; to exaggerate the difficulties… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 exaggerate — exaggeratingly, adv. exaggerator, n. /ig zaj euh rayt /, v., exaggerated, exaggerating. v.t. 1. to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately: to exaggerate the difficulties of a situation. 2. to increase or… …

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  • 14 exaggerate — v. to exaggerate greatly, grossly * * * [ɪg zædʒəreɪt] grossly to exaggerate greatly …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 exaggerate — ex|ag|ge|rate [ıgˈzædʒəreıt] v [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of exaggerare to make into a pile , from agger pile ] to make something seem better, larger, worse etc than it really is ▪ I couldn t sleep for three… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 exaggerate — verb (I, T) to make something seem better, more important etc than it really is: Sue says she s seen Jurassic Park twenty times, but I m sure she s exaggerating. | exaggerate sth: exaggerating the pain to get our sympathy | greatly exaggerate:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 exaggerate*/ — [ɪgˈzædʒəˌreɪt] verb [I/T] to describe something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, larger, more important etc than it really is Don t exaggerate! It wasn t that bad![/ex] We should not exaggerate the importance of this agreement.[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 exaggerate — verb To overstate, to describe more than is fact. Ive told you a billion times not to exaggerate! Ant: downplay, understate See Also: exaggeration …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 exaggerate — [16] Something that is exaggerated is literally ‘piled up’ out of all due proportion; indeed that is what it originally meant in English: ‘With their flipping and flapping up and down in the dirt they exaggerate a mountain of mire’, Philip… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 exaggerate — [16] Something that is exaggerated is literally ‘piled up’ out of all due proportion; indeed that is what it originally meant in English: ‘With their flipping and flapping up and down in the dirt they exaggerate a mountain of mire’, Philip… …

    Word origins