Exaggerate vs Overreact - What's the difference?

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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.

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

    overreact

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To react too much or too intensely.
  • Please try not to overreact if she drives badly when she is first learning.

    Derived terms

    * overreaction