AskDefine | Define exaggerate

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1 to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery" [syn: overstate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyerbolise, magnify, amplify] [ant: understate]
2 do something to an excessive degree; "He overdid it last night when he did 100 push-ups" [syn: overdo]

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  1. to overstate, to describe more than is fact
    I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate!

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to overstate, to describe more than is fact

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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