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  • adj. That has been described as greater than it actually is; abnormally increased or enlarged.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of exaggerate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Enlarged beyond bounds or the truth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology, larger, more conspicuous, or more positive than that which is normal; specifically, in entomology, of deeper color: as, a species with exaggerated characters; exaggerated marks, spines, processes, etc.; a dark band exaggerated in the center.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. represented as greater than is true or reasonable
  • adj. enlarged to an abnormal degree


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