Wednesday, November 10, 1999
aggrandize transitive verb [uh-GRAN-dyz; AG-ruhn-dyz] To make great or greater; to enlarge; to increase.
Definitions for aggrandize
- To make great or greater; to enlarge; to increase.
- To make great or greater in power, rank, reputation, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc.
- To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
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Citations for aggrandize
All over the country, trial lawyers and activist judges are locked into an embrace cemented by their mutual contempt for democratic self-government and their desire to aggrandize their own power at its expense.
It looks to me instead that one rising power center . . . is seeking to aggrandize itself by discrediting the principal alternative.
Origin of aggrandize
Aggrandize comes from French agrandir, from Old French, from a-, "to" (from Latin ad-) + grandir, "to grow larger," from Latin grandire, from grandis, "large."