(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. exaggerate, overclaim, overdo, overdraw, overembellish. See exaggeration.Ant., understate, minimize.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. overstress, expand upon, amplify, emphasize; see exaggerate , exceed .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
exaggerate, inflate, *blow out of proportion, magnify, embroider, hyperbolize, *hype, embellish, play up.
ANT.: downplay, understate
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make (something) seem greater than is actually the case: exaggerate, hyperbolize, inflate, magnify, overcharge. Idioms: blow up out of proportion, lay it on thick, stretch the truth. See INCREASE.

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