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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of exaggerare 'to make into a pile', from agger 'pile'

exaggerate

verb
     
ex‧ag‧ge‧rate [intransitive and transitive]
to make something seem better, larger, worse etc than it really is:
I couldn't sleep for three days - I'm not exaggerating.
it's easy/difficult/impossible to exaggerate something
It's difficult to exaggerate the importance of sleep.

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