Meaning of “exaggeration” in the English Dictionary

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"exaggeration" in British English

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exaggerationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪɡˌzædʒ.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪɡˌzædʒ.əˈreɪ.ʃən/

C1 the fact of making something seem larger, more important, better, or worse than it really is:

Sal estimates over 60 people were there but I think that's a slight exaggeration.
[ + to infinitive ] It would be no exaggeration to say that her work has saved lives.

More examples

  • No, she wasn't that fat - what an exaggeration!
  • Don't believe everything she tells you, as she's rather prone to exaggeration.
  • Honestly, without any exaggeration, the fish was three metres long!
  • "Her face went as green as your jumper." "Don't you think that's a slight exaggeration?"
  • Unfortunately, the newspaper article was full of exaggerations and misrepresentations.

(Definition of “exaggeration” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)