|exaggerate /ɪgˈzæʤəˌreɪt/ verb|
inflected forms: exaggerates; exaggerated; exaggerating
1 : to think of or describe something as larger or greater than it really is [with object] • The book exaggerates the difficulties he faced in starting his career. • It’s impossible to exaggerate the importance of this discovery. [no object] • He tends to exaggeratewhen talking about his accomplishments.
2 [with object] : to make (something) larger or greater than normal • He exaggerated his movements so we could see them more clearly.
— exaggerated adjective [more exaggerated; most exaggerated] • He has a very/greatly exaggerated idea of his own importance. • a very exaggerated gesture
— exaggeratedly adverb [more exaggeratedly; most exaggeratedly] • an exaggeratedly large gesture
— exaggeration /ɪgˌzæʤəˈreɪʃən/ noun, plural exaggerations[count] • The report was filled with exaggerations and outright lies.[noncount] • She told us what happened without exaggeration. [=without exaggerating]
— exaggerator /ɪgˈzæʤəˌreɪtɚ/ noun, plural exaggerators[count] • He’s an exaggerator, if not an outright liar.