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verb exaggerate pronunciation in British English /ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleexaggerating
past tenseexaggerated
past participleexaggerated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to describe something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, larger, more important etc than it really is

    Don’t exaggerate! It wasn’t that bad!

    greatly/grossly/wildly exaggerate something:

    The paper’s political influence has been greatly exaggerated.

    exaggerate the importance/significance of something:

    We should not exaggerate the importance of this agreement.

  2. 2
    [transitive] literary to make something seem more extreme

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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