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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.
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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/
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