exaggerate collocations and examples

 UK /ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt/

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describe something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, more important etc than it really is


Adverbs frequently used with exaggerate
very much: greatly, grossly, hugely, vastly, wildlyFears about the safety of the beef were grossly exaggerated.

Usage note

Exaggerate is usually passive in these combinations.

a little: slightly, somewhatThis may sound somewhat exaggerated but it reflects the true situation.

Usage note

Exaggerate is usually passive in these combinations.


Nouns frequently used as the object of exaggerate
importance, size, or seriousness: extent, importance, scale, seriousness, significanceI do not want to exaggerate the scale of the problem.problem or danger: danger, problem, risk, threatWe don’t believe that we have exaggerated the threat that is posed to our national security.effect: effect, impactThese studies tend to exaggerate the effects of diet on health.difference: differenceShe might have exaggerated differences, forgetting the considerable similarities.
 
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