Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “exaggerate”

See all translations

exaggerate

verb [I or T] uk   /ɪɡˈzædʒ.ə.reɪt/ us    /-ɚ.eɪt/
C1 to make something seem larger, more important, better, or worse than it really is: The threat of attack has been greatly exaggerated. Don't exaggerate - it wasn't that expensive. I'm not exaggerating - it was the worst meal I've ever eaten in my life.
More examples
exaggerated
adjective uk   /-ə.reɪ.tɪd/ us    /-ɚ.eɪ.t̬ɪd/
exaggerated reports of the problem
exaggeratedly
adverb uk   /-ə.reɪ.tɪd.li/ us    /-ɚ.eɪ.t̬ɪd.li/
Translations of “exaggerate”
in Korean 과장하다…
in Arabic يُبالِغ…
in French exagérer…
in Turkish abartmak, mübalağa etmek…
in Italian esagerare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 誇張, 誇大, 對…言過其實…
in Russian преувеличивать…
in Polish przesadzać, wyolbrzymiać…
in Spanish exagerar…
in Portuguese exagerar…
in German übertreiben, hervorheben…
in Catalan exagerar…
in Japanese 誇張する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 夸张, 夸大, 对…言过其实…
(Definition of exaggerate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of exaggerate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “exaggerate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More