from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To enlarge or increase to an abnormal degree: thick lenses that exaggerated the size of her eyes.
- intransitive v. To make overstatements.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To overstate, to describe more than is fact.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To heap up; to accumulate.
- transitive v. To amplify; to magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth ; to delineate extravagantly ; to overstate the truth concerning.
from The 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.
- To amplify unduly in thought or in description; use exaggeration in speech or writing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
- v. do something to an excessive degree
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)
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)