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"exaggerate" in British English

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exaggerateverb [I or T]

uk   /ɪɡˈzædʒ.ə.reɪt/  us   /-ɚ.eɪt/
C1 to make something ​seemlarger, 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 ​worstmeal I've ​evereaten in my ​life.

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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/
(Definition of exaggerate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exaggerate" in American English

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exaggerateverb [I/T]

 us   /ɪɡˈzædʒ·əˌreɪt/
to make something ​seemlarger, more ​important, ​better, or ​worse than it really is: [T] The ​media exaggerate the ​risks and ​benefits of ​researchfindings. [I] I don’t ​want to exaggerate, but it was a ​dangeroussituation.
exaggeration
noun [C/U]  us   /ɪɡˌzædʒ·əˈreɪ·ʃən/
[U] It is no exaggeration to say that she ​saved my ​life.
(Definition of exaggerate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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