From Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare (“to heap up, increase, enlarge, magnify, amplify, exaggerate”), from ex (“out, up”) + aggerare (“to heap up”), from agger (“a pile, heap, mound, dike, mole, pier, etc.”), from aggerere, adgerere (“to bring together”), from ad (“to, toward”) + gerere (“to carry”).
- To overstate, to describe more than is fact.
- I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate!
- He said he'd slept with hundreds of girls, but I know he's exaggerating. The real number is about ten.
- “exaggerate” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “exaggerate” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- exaggerate at OneLook Dictionary Search.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ek.saɡ.ɡeˈraː.te/, [ɛks̠äɡːɛˈräːt̪ɛ]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ek.sad.d͡ʒeˈra.te/, [eɡzädː͡ʒeˈräːt̪e]