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exaggerate
WordNet 2.0
  • to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
  • "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South'' imagery"
  • do something to an excessive degree
  • "He overdid it last night when he did 100 push-ups"
exaggerate
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To heap up; to accumulate. [Obs.] "Earth exaggerated upon them [oaks and firs]." Sir M. Hale.

    2. To amplify; to magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth ; to delineate extravagantly ; to overstate the truth concerning.

    "A friend exaggerates a man's virtues." -- Addison.

 

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