to make something seem larger, better, worse, or more important than it really is The hotel was really filthy, and I'm not exaggerating. exaggerate something He tends to exaggerate the difficulties. I'm sure he exaggerates his British accent (= tries to sound more British than he really is). Demand for the product has been greatly exaggerated.
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NAmE//ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt//[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exaggerate
he / she / it exaggerates
past simple exaggerated
-ing form exaggerating