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English verb: exaggerate

1. exaggerate (communication) to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

SamplesTended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery.

Synonymsamplify, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)misinform, mislead

Narrower (hyponym)aggrandise, aggrandize, blow, blow up, bluster, boast, brag, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, gas, gasconade, lard, overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress, pad, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt

Antonymsdownplay, minimise, understate, minimize

2. exaggerate (social) do something to an excessive degree

SamplesHe overdid it last night when he did 100 pushups.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)do, make

Narrower (hyponym)overleap, overpraise, oversimplify

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