American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To represent as greater than is actually the case; overstate: exaggerate the size of the enemy force; exaggerated his own role in the episode.
- v. To enlarge or increase to an abnormal degree: thick lenses that exaggerated the size of her eyes.
- v. To make overstatements.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To heap up; accumulate.
- To increase immoderately or extravagantly; make incongruously large or extended; amplify beyond proper bounds.
- To cause to appear immoderately large or important; amplify in representation or apprehension; enlarge beyond truth or reason.
- In the fine arts, to heighten extravagantly or disproportionately in effect or design: as, to exaggerate particular features in a painting or statue. Synonyms To strain, stretch, overcolor, caricature. See list under
- To amplify unduly in thought or in description; use exaggeration in speech or writing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To heap up; to accumulate.
- v. To amplify; to magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth ; to delineate extravagantly ; to overstate the truth concerning.
- v. to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
- v. do something to an excessive degree
- 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") + gerere ("to carry"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin exaggerāre, exaggerāt-, to heap up, magnify : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + aggerāre, to pile up (from agger, pile, from aggerere, to bring to : ad-, ad- + gerere, to bring). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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