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Borrowed from Latin exaggerāre, present active infinitive of exaggerō (exaggerate, amplify).


  • IPA(key): /ɛɡ.za.ʒe.ʁe/
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  1. to exaggerate
    Synonym: (Quebec) charier
  2. to go too far
    Je n'ai rien dit quand c'était seulement un peu de jalousie, mais là, tu exagères vraiment.
    I didn't say anything when it was just a bit of jealousy, but now you're really going too far.


This verb is conjugated like céder. It is a regular -er verb, except that its last stem vowel alternates between /e/ (written 'é') and /ɛ/ (written 'è'), with the latter being used before mute 'e'. One special case is the future stem, used in the future and the conditional. Before 1990, the future stem of such verbs was written exagérer-, reflecting the historic pronunciation /e/. In 1990, the French Academy recommended that it be written exagèrer-, reflecting the now common pronunciation /ɛ/, thereby making this distinction consistent throughout the conjugation (and also matching in this regard the conjugations of verbs like lever and jeter). Both spellings are in use today, and both are therefore given here.

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