Ex·ag·ger·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exaggerated p. pr. & vb. n. Exaggerating . ]
1. To heap up; to accumulate. [Obs.] “Earth exaggerated upon them [oaks and firs].”
2. To amplify; to magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth ; to delineate extravagantly ; to overstate the truth concerning.
A friend exaggerates a man's virtues. --Addison.
Ex·ag·ger·a·ted a. Enlarged beyond bounds or the truth. -- Ex*ag*ger*a*ted*ly, adv.
adj 1: represented as greater than is true or reasonable; "an
exaggerated opinion of oneself" [syn: overdone, overstated]
2: enlarged to an abnormal degree; "thick lenses exaggerated
the size of her eyes" [syn: magnified, enlarged]
3: enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness; "had an exaggerated
(or inflated) opinion of himself"; "a hyperbolic style"
[syn: hyperbolic, inflated]