As verbs the difference between exaggerate and overreact
is that exaggerate
is to overstate, to describe more than is fact while overreact
is to react too much or too intensely.
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.
* (overstate) downplay, understate
To react too much or too intensely.
- Please try not to overreact if she drives badly when she is first learning.