Exaggerate vs Overdo - What's the difference?

exaggerate | overdo |


As verbs the difference between exaggerate and overdo

is that exaggerate is to overstate, to describe more than is fact while overdo is to do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far.

exaggerate

English

Verb

(exaggerat)
  • To overstate, to describe more than is fact.
  • I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate !
    He said he'd slept with hundreds of girls, but I know he's exaggerating . The real number is about ten.

    Synonyms

    * overexaggerate * overstate

    Antonyms

    * (overstate) downplay, understate

    Derived terms

    * exaggeratedly * exaggeratingly * exaggerative * exaggeratively * exaggerativeness * exaggerator * exaggeratory

    overdo

    English

    Verb

  • To do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing.
  • To overtask or overtax; to fatigue; to exhaust.
  • to overdo one's strength
  • To surpass; to excel.
  • (Tennyson)
  • To cook too much.
  • to overdo the meat

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