Definition of exaggerate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

exaggerate

 verb
verb
NAmE//ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exaggerate
 
he / she / it exaggerates
 
past simple exaggerated
 
-ing form exaggerating
 
 
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 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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