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Etymology

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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).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ɛɡˈzæ.d͡ʒə.ɹeɪt/, /ɪɡˈzæ.d͡ʒə.ɹeɪt/
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  • Hyphenation: ex‧ag‧ger‧ate

Verb

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exaggerate (third-person singular simple present exaggerates, present participle exaggerating, simple past and past participle exaggerated)

  1. To overstate, to describe more than is fact.
    Synonyms: big up, overexaggerate, overstate, hyperbolize
    Antonyms: belittle, downplay, understate, trivialize
    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.

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Adjective

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exaggerate (comparative more exaggerate, superlative most exaggerate)

  1. Exaggerative; overblown.
    • 1901, Valentin Matcas, The Human Addictions:
      And in general, if it is a natural feeling, let it be, but at normal, living levels, not too exaggerate.
    • 2005, Daniel Marin, Megator, page 4:
      Water was invading, like some loving arms, some protecting wings, but its love and care were too exaggerate, they were deadly.
    • 2012, Joy Damousi, Mariano Ben Plotkin, Psychoanalysis and Politics, page 202:
      You will leave [the camp] and when confronted to the smallest inconvenience you will have again these reactions that, for me, are very exaggerate.
    • 2012, Yair Goldreich, The Climate of Israel: Observation, Research and Application, page 132:
      From this comparison, it seems that the data in Table 7.7 are reasonable, while Ashbel's values are exaggerate.

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Latin

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Verb

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exaggerāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of exaggerō