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Wednesday, November 10, 1999

Definitions for aggrandize

  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.

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Citations for aggrandize
…a just man always fared worse than the unjust, because he neglected to aggrandize himself by dishonest actions, and thus became unpopular among his acquaintances; while those who were less scrupulous, grew rich and were flattered. Lydia Maria Child, Philothea, 1836
But then poor old Mr. Harding had been thoroughly deficient in that ambition which had served to aggrandize the family into which his daughter had married. Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset, 1867
Origin of aggrandize
Aggrandize came to English in the 1620s from the French aggrandir meaning "to magnify."