To embroider means to decorate with needlework. Picture your great grandmother's pillowcases or Hester Prynne's famous scarlet letter "A" — both of those objects are probably embroidered.

To embroider refers to a type of ornamentation or needlework, but another usage of the word embroider means to embellish the truth. For example, if a fisherman sitting on the dock tells you about the 38 inch striped bass he almost caught this morning, he may have found a way to embroider the truth.

Definitions of embroider
  1. verb
    decorate with needlework
    synonyms: broider
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    faggot, fagot
    ornament or join (fabric) by faggot stitch
    embroider with gold or silver thread
    edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
    type of:
    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  2. verb
    add details to
    synonyms: aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, lard, pad
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    cause to seem more splendid
    type of:
    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
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