exaggerate

When you exaggerate you stretch the truth. Fishermen tend to exaggerate the size of their fish. And children tend to exaggerate the seriousness of their cuts in order to get cute Band-Aids.

We all have a tendency to exaggerate. It makes our stories funnier, or more dramatic. After all, when you exaggerate, you're not really lying — you're just overstating things. The word exaggerate can also suggest that a particular characteristic is overdone or almost larger than life. If you describe someone as having an exaggerated limp, he or she might be walking like a gorilla.

Definitions of exaggerate
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v enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

“tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery”
Synonyms:
amplify, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
Antonyms:
downplay, minimise, minimize, understate
represent as less significant or important
Types:
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overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress
place special or excessive emphasis on
blow, bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt
show off
aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad
add details to
glorify
cause to seem more splendid
puff
speak in a blustering or scornful manner
crow, gloat, triumph
dwell on with satisfaction
Type of:
misinform, mislead
give false or misleading information to

v do something to an excessive degree

Synonyms:
overdo
Types:
overpraise
praise excessively
oversimplify
simplify to an excessive degree
overleap
defeat (oneself) by going too far
Type of:
do, make
engage in

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