exaggerate

verb
ADVERB
greatly, grossly, vastly, wildly

These figures have been greatly exaggerated.

a little, slightly, etc.
rather, somewhat
further
easily

The historical significance of these events can be easily exaggerated (= it is easy to think they are more significant than they are).

deliberately
VERB + EXAGGERATE
tend to

John does tend to exaggerate slightly.

be easy to
be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to

It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of developing good study habits.

PHRASES
highly exaggerated

The allegations were highly exaggerated.

Exaggerate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑difference, ↑extent, ↑importance, ↑problem, ↑significance

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  • Exaggerate — Ex*ag ger*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exaggerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exaggerating} . ] [L. exaggeratus, p. p. of exaggerare to heap up; ex out + aggerare to heap up, fr. agger heap, aggerere to bring to; ad to + gerere to bear. See {Jest}. ] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exaggerate — index cloak, compound, distort, enhance, enlarge, expand, falsify, inflate, intensify …   Law dictionary

  • exaggerate — (v.) 1530s, to pile up, accumulate, from L. exaggeratus, pp. of exaggerare heighten, amplify, magnify, lit. to heap, pile, load, fill, from ex thoroughly (see EX (Cf. ex )) + aggerare heap up, from agger (gen. aggeris) heap, from …   Etymology dictionary

  • exaggerate — [v] overstate, embellish amplify, blow out of proportion*, boast, boost, brag, build up, caricature, color, cook up*, corrupt, distort, embroider, emphasize, enlarge, exalt, expand, fabricate, falsify, fudge*, go to extremes*, heighten, hike,… …   New thesaurus

  • exaggerate — ► VERB 1) represent as being greater than in reality. 2) (exaggerated) enlarged or altered beyond normal proportions. DERIVATIVES exaggeratedly adverb exaggeration noun. ORIGIN Latin exaggerare heap up …   English terms dictionary

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  • exaggerate — ex|ag|ger|ate [ ıg zædʒə,reıt ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to describe something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, larger, more important, etc. than it really is: Don t exaggerate! It wasn t that bad! greatly/grossly/wildly… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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