Synonyms for exaggerate
- blow out of proportion
- build up
- cook up
- go to extremes
- lay it on thick
- loud talk
- make too much of
- pretty up
- put on
Antonyms for exaggerate
- play down
- be modest
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXAGGERATE
His pessimism about his play caused him to exaggerate the enormity of his offences.
For to exaggerate with judgment one must begin by measuring with nicety.
I do not exaggerate when I say that from end to end could not be discerned a single weed.
All the exaggerations are right, if they exaggerate the right thing.
I will not be so superfluous as to exaggerate the difficulty.
I believe I had as much right to exaggerate in peddling as I had in writing verse.
We would not exaggerate the importance of these little children or their cause.
It is of course easy to exaggerate the influence of sentiment in the case.
It was impossible to exaggerate the scorn which her voice imported into the word.
This is an indispensable operation but we must not exaggerate its scope.
1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," literally "to heap, pile, load, fill," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + aggerare "heap up," from agger (genitive aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from ad- "to, toward" + gerere "carry" (see gest). Sense of "overstate" first recorded in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.