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exaggerate

verb

1 exaggerate

To enlarge beyond bounds or the truth:
— Tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery.

synonyms: amplify, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate.

Roget 544: be false etc. adj., be a liar etc. 548; speak falsely etc. adv.; tell a lie etc. 546; lie, fib; ... show more

Roget 549: exaggerate, magnify, pile up, aggravate; amplify etc. (expand) 194; overestimate etc. 482; hyperbolize; overcharge, overstate, ... show more

Roget 933: flatter, praise to the skies, puff; wheedle, cajole, glaver, coax; fawn upon, faun upon; humor, gloze, soothe, pet, coquet, ... show more

Roget 35: increase, augment, add to, enlarge; dilate etc. (expand) 194; grow, wax, get ahead.    gain strength; advance; run up, ... show more

Roget 482: overestimate, overrate, overvalue, overprize, overweigh, overreckon, overstrain, overpraise; eulogize; estimate too highly, attach too much importance to, make mountains of molehills, catch at straws; strain, ... show more

Roget 194: become larger etc. (large) etc. 192; expand, widen, enlarge, extend, grow, increase, incrassate, swell, gather; ... show more

Roget 555: misrepresent, distort, overdraw, exaggerate, caricature, daub; burlesque, parody, travesty.   

Dutch: chargeren, hyperboliseren, kleuren, opblazen, opkloppen, oppijpen, overdrijven, overtrekken



2 exaggerate

Do something to an excessive degree.

synonym: overdo.

Roget 641: superabound, overabound; know no bounds, swarm; meet one at every turn; creep with, crawl with, bristle with; overflow; run over, flow over, well over, brim over; run riot; ... show more

Dutch: overdrijven


Moby thesaurus: accelerate, aggrandize, aggravate, amplify, ballyhoo, be untruthful, beef up, belie, blow up, build up, burlesque, camouflage, caricature, carry too far, color, complicate, concentrate, condense, consolidate, deceive ... show more.

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