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English definition of “exaggerate”

exaggerate

verb [I or T]     /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.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding exaggerated     /-ə.reɪ.tɪd/ US  /-ɚ.eɪ.t̬ɪd/ adjective exaggerated reports of the problemExaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding exaggeratedly     /-ə.reɪ.tɪd.li/ US  /-ɚ.eɪ.t̬ɪd.li/ adverb Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
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