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aggrandize

[uh-gran-dahyz, ag-ruh n-dahyz] /əˈgræn daɪz, ˈæg rənˌdaɪz/
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
1625-1635
1625-35; < French aggrandiss- (long stem of aggrandir to magnify), equivalent to ag- ag- + grand (see grand) + -iss -ish2, irregular equated with -ize1
Related forms
aggrandizement
[uh-gran-diz-muh nt] /əˈgræn dɪz mənt/ (Show IPA),
noun
aggrandizer
[uh-gran-dahy-zer, ag-ruh ndahy-] /əˈgræn daɪ zər, ˈægˌrəndaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
2. inflate, strengthen, exalt. 3. magnify.
Antonyms
1. reduce. 2. diminish. 3. minimize.
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Examples for aggrandize
  • These destructive, power-hungry people make poor decisions meant to aggrandize themselves and demean others.
  • The new regulations will do nothing more than needlessly aggrandize the process.
  • They do not come here looking to aggrandize themselves monetarily.
  • When he is looking out for something that will benefit or aggrandize himself, he knows no sleep.
British Dictionary definitions for aggrandize

aggrandize

/ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz; əˈɡrænˌdaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
2.
to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate
Derived Forms
aggrandizement, aggrandisement (əˈɡrændɪzmənt) noun
aggrandizer, aggrandiser, noun
Word Origin
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
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Contemporary definitions for aggrandize
verb

to make greater; increase or enlarge in size or scope; add details to

Word Origin

Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase'

Usage Note

transitive

verb

to make appear greater; overpraise

Word Origin

Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase'

Usage Note

transitive

verb

to enhance the power, reputation, or position of

Word Origin

Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase'

Usage Note

transitive

verb

to enhance the wealth of

Word Origin

Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase'

Usage Note

transitive

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Word Origin and History for aggrandize
v.

1630s, "to make larger, increase," from French agrandiss-, present participle stem of agrandir "to augment" (16c.), ultimately from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + grandire "to make great," from grandis (see grand (adj.)). The double -g- spelling in English is by analogy with Latin words in ad-. Related: Aggrandized; aggrandizing.

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