exaggerate Definition

  • 1to make something seem larger, more important, better, or worse than it really is
  • 2to overstate

Using exaggerate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "exaggerate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He tends to exaggerate his accomplishments.

  • Example

    She exaggerated the size of the fish she caught.

  • Example

    Don't exaggerate! It wasn't that bad!

  • Example

    The media exaggerated the impact of the storm.

exaggerate Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for exaggerate

Idioms Using exaggerate

  • to exaggerate a minor problem and make it seem much more serious than it really is


    He always makes a mountain out of a molehill and overreacts to small issues.

  • to exaggerate the importance or seriousness of something


    The media blew the story out of proportion and caused unnecessary panic.

  • to exaggerate or distort the facts


    He tends to stretch the truth when telling stories to make them more interesting.

Phrases with exaggerate

  • exaggerated claims

    statements that are made to seem more important or impressive than they really are


    The company's exaggerated claims about its product were quickly exposed.

  • exaggerated sense of self-importance

    an inflated view of one's own importance or abilities


    His exaggerated sense of self-importance made it difficult for him to work well with others.

  • exaggerated response

    a reaction that is more extreme than is appropriate or necessary


    Her exaggerated response to the situation made everyone uncomfortable.

Origins of exaggerate

from Latin 'exaggerare', meaning 'to magnify'


Summary: exaggerate in Brief

To 'exaggerate' [ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt] means to make something seem larger, more important, better, or worse than it really is. It is often used in contexts where people overstate their accomplishments or the severity of a situation, as in 'Don't exaggerate! It wasn't that bad!' The phrase 'make a mountain out of a molehill' is an idiom that describes this tendency to overreact to minor problems.