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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Main Entry:  aggrandize1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to make greater; increase or enlarge in size or scope; add details to
Etymology:  Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  aggrandize2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to make appear greater; overpraise
Etymology:  Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  aggrandize3
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to enhance the power, reputation, or position of
Etymology:  Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  aggrandize4
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to enhance the wealth of
Etymology:  Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase'
Usage:  transitive
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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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