exaggerating

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Exaggerate \Ex*ag"ger*ate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Exaggerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exaggerating} . ] [L. exaggeratus, p. p. of exaggerare to heap up; ex out + aggerare to heap up, fr. agger heap, aggerere to bring to; ad to + gerere to bear. See {Jest}. ]

1. To heap up; to accumulate. [Obs.] "Earth exaggerated upon them [oaks and firs]." --Sir M. Hale.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Exaggerating \Ex*ag"ger*a'ting\a. That exaggerates; enlarging beyond bounds. -- {Ex*ag"ger*a'ting*ly}, adverb


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