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[uh-gran-dahyz, ag-ruh n-dahyz] /əˈgræn daɪz, ˈæg rənˌdaɪz/
verb (used with object), aggrandized, aggrandizing.
to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend.
to make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor.
to make (something) appear greater.
Also, especially British, aggrandise.
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
[uh-gran-diz-muh nt] /əˈgræn dɪz mənt/ (Show IPA),
[uh-gran-dahy-zer, ag-ruh ndahy-] /əˈgræn daɪ zər, ˈægˌrəndaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
2. inflate, strengthen, exalt. 3. magnify.
1. reduce. 2. diminish. 3. minimize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aggrandizing
  • It can leaven the purposefully self-aggrandizing nature of a job interview.
  • True learning cannot occur, however, when education is simply a self-aggrandizing tool.
  • Self aggrandizing is unscientific despite its frequency among scientists.
  • He failed to preserve his own empire, but succeeded in aggrandizing two much larger ones.
  • It's disturbing, public display of dishonest, self-aggrandizing conduct by a school leader.
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  • We now have one of the best, at the risk of sounding self-aggrandizing, one of the best departments in the country.
  • Its toughest images stick even when its lurid self-aggrandizing spins out of control.
  • Often they are mediocre or gross or self-aggrandizing.
British Dictionary definitions for aggrandizing


/ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz; əˈɡrænˌdaɪz/
verb (transitive)
to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
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 aggrandizing

to enhance the wealth of

Word Origin

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

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for aggrandizing



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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