To exaggerate is to make something sound worse than it is. You might exaggerate the importance of something, or the severity of a situation.

  • He exaggerated the importance of the project, and the consequences of not completing it.

  • She exaggerated the severity of the injury, even though it wasn't that bad.

Definition of exaggerates


do something to an excessive degree




to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth


amplify, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

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Example Sentences for exaggerates

  • 1

    Exaggerating pleasures is forgivable, but exaggerating troubles is not forgivable.

  • 2

    It is not exaggeration in the least.

  • 3

    It is the opposite of exaggeration.

  • 4

    It's just the exaggeration of the media.

  • 5

    It is a case of exaggeration and overstatement.

  • 6

    Enough with the hysterical exaggerations.

  • 7

    The curvature of the dish is exaggerated.

  • 8

    The map in the infobox is exaggerated.

  • 9

    The other is simply exaggeration.

  • 10

    The people exaggerated the situation.