Etymology
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exaggerate (v.)

1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," literally "to heap, pile, load, fill," from ex, here probably "thoroughly" (see ex-), + aggerare "heap up, accumulate," figuratively "amplify, magnify," from agger (genitive aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from assimilated form of ad "to, toward" (see ad-) + gerere "carry" (see gest). Sense of "overstate" first recorded in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.

Origin and meaning of exaggerate

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of exaggerate from WordNet

exaggerate (v.)
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth;
tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery
Synonyms: overstate / overdraw / hyperbolize / hyperbolise / magnify / amplify
exaggerate (v.)
do something to an excessive degree;
Synonyms: overdo
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