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 heap up; to accumulate. [Obs.] ``Earth exaggerated upon them [oaks and firs].'' --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. To amplify; to magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; to delineate extravagantly; to overstate the truth concerning. [1913 Webster]

A friend exaggerates a man's virtues. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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