v. represent as greater than is actually the case; overstate; magnify; do something to an excessive degree
Don't exaggerate the size of the enemy force!
Sentence in Classic:
I know I do not exaggerate, unconsciously and unintentionally, the scantiness of my resources or the difficulties of my life.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
Think of me at this hour, in a strange place, labouring under a blackness of distress that no fancy can exaggerate, and yet well aware that, if you will but punctually serve me, my troubles will roll away like a story that is told.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson Context
Nor did wild rumors of all sorts fail to exaggerate, and still the more horrify the true histories of these deadly encounters.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
In place of that eager and garrulous narration with which a white youth would have endeavored to communicate, and perhaps exaggerate, that which had passed out in the darkness of the plain, the young warrior was seemingly content to let his deeds speak for themselves.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
But we perhaps exaggerate the gray or sable tinge, which undoubtedly characterized the mood and manners of the age.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Context
A local tradition, which evidently exaggerates matters, says that two thousand horses and fifteen hundred men were buried in the hollow road of Ohain.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context