Definition of exaggerate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

exaggerate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exaggerate
BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt//
 
he / she / it exaggerates
BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪts//
 
past simple exaggerated
BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪtɪd//
 
past participle exaggerated
BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form exaggerating
BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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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 Irish accent (= tries to sound more Irish than he really is). Demand for the product has been greatly exaggerated. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin exaggerat- ‘heaped up’, from the verb exaggerare, from ex- ‘thoroughly’ + aggerare ‘heap up’ (from agger ‘heap’). The word originally meant ‘pile up, accumulate’, later ‘increase praise or blame’, giving rise to current senses.Extra examples John does tend to exaggerate slightly. The allegations were highly exaggerated. The historical significance of these events can be easily exaggerated. These figures have been greatly exaggerated. Demand for satellite television has been greatly exaggerated. I’m sure he exaggerates his Irish accent. The hotel was really filthy and I’m not exaggerating.
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