aggrandise

aggrandize

[uh-gran-dahyz, ag-ruhn-dahyz]
verb (used with object), aggrandized, aggrandizing.
1.
to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend.
2.
to make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor.
3.
to make (something) appear greater.
Also, especially British, aggrandise.


Origin:
1625–35; < French aggrandiss- (long stem of aggrandir to magnify), equivalent to ag- ag- + grand (see grand) + -iss -ish2, irregular equated with -ize1

aggrandizement [uh-gran-diz-muhnt] , noun
aggrandizer [uh-gran-dahy-zer, ag-ruhndahy-] , noun


2. inflate, strengthen, exalt. 3. magnify.


1. reduce. 2. diminish. 3. minimize.
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aggrandize or aggrandise (ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz, əˈɡrænˌdaɪz, ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz, əˈɡrænˌdaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
2.  to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate
 
[C17: from Old French aggrandiss-, long stem of aggrandir to make bigger, from Latin grandisgrand; the ending -ize is due to the influence of verbs ending in -ise, -ize]
 
aggrandise or aggrandise
 
vb
 
[C17: from Old French aggrandiss-, long stem of aggrandir to make bigger, from Latin grandisgrand; the ending -ize is due to the influence of verbs ending in -ise, -ize]
 
aggrandizement or aggrandise
 
n
 
aggrandisement or aggrandise
 
n
 
'aggrandizer or aggrandise
 
n
 
'aggrandiser or aggrandise
 
n

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aggrandize
1630s, "to make larger, increase," from Fr. agrandiss-, prp. stem of agrandir "to augment," from O.Fr. à "to" + grandir "to increase," from L. grandire "to make great," from grandis (see great). The double -g- spelling is by false analogy with Latin words in ad-.
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