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Definition of "exaggerate" []

  • To represent as greater than is actually the case; overstate: exaggerate the size of the enemy force; exaggerated his own role in the episode. (verb-transitive)
  • To enlarge or increase to an abnormal degree: thick lenses that exaggerated the size of her eyes. (verb-transitive)
  • To make overstatements. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exaggerate" in a sentence
  • "Talking Points Memo, the calls exaggerate Mr. Obama's ties to Bill Ayers, the former member of the Weather Underground, question the candidate's patriotism by accusing him of"
  • "The online survey, which polled 1,200 people nationwide, found that 75 percent of respondents thought juice labels exaggerate the presence of healthy ingredients in the product, and a majority lacked confidence about a juice's true contents based on what they read on the front label."
  • "What your saying is right but all youth that got to know their on earth is mentally conditioned to think like the stronger influences as a youth and the actions and interaction brought to memory get distorted by lack of earth knowledge, and to exaggerate is to be human"