exaggerate

exaggerate
I
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. overdraw, overstate, embellish, embroider, misrepresent, falsify, magnify, inflate, expand, amplify, heighten, intensify, distort, enlarge on, stretch, stretch the truth, overemphasize, hyperbolize, go to extremes, give color to, elaborate, Romance, Romanticize, color, pretty up, make too much of, build up, blow up, overdo, overreach, overcolor, lie, fabricate, misquote, misreport, caricature, burlesque, overestimate, overcharge, draw the longbow*, paint in glowing colors*, sling the bull*, carry too far*, lay it on*, lay it on thick*, lay it on with a trowel*, make a mountain out of a molehill*, play up*, make a big deal of*, blow up out of all proportion*.
Ant. understate, tell the truth, minimize.
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
amplify, overstate, hyperbolize, *make a mountain out of a mole hill, *play up, embellish, *lay it on thick, color, embroider, *stretch the truth, puff, magnify, *blow out of proportion.
ANT.: understate, play down, minimize
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make (something) seem greater than is actually the case: hyperbolize, inflate, magnify, overcharge, overstate. Idioms: blow up out of proportion, lay it on thick, stretch the truth. See INCREASE.

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