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
  1. verb
    enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
    “tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery”
    synonyms: amplify, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
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    Antonyms:
    downplay, minimise, minimize, understate
    represent as less significant or important
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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
  2. verb
    do something to an excessive degree
    synonyms: overdo
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    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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