Definition of exaggerate in English:

exaggerate

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verb

[with object]
  • Represent (something) as being larger, better, or worse than it really is.

    ‘he was apt to exaggerate any aches and pains’
    ‘claims of turmoil within the firm are greatly exaggerated’
    no object ‘I couldn't sleep for three days—I'm not exaggerating’
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
    overstated, overemphasized, inflated, magnified, amplified, aggrandized, excessive, hyperbolic, over-elaborate, overdone, overripe, overplayed, overdramatized, theatrical, dramatic, actorly, highly coloured, extravagant, melodramatic, sensational, sensationalist, sensationalistic
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

exaggerate

/ɪɡˈzadʒəreɪt//ɛɡˈzadʒəreɪt/