Aggrandize Ag"gran*dize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aggrandized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Aggrandizing}.] [F. agrandir; [`a] (L. ad) + grandir to increase, L. grandire, fr. grandis great. See {Grand}, and cf. {Finish}.] 1. To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress. [1913 Webster]

2. To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc. [1913 Webster]

His scheme for aggrandizing his son. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

3. To make appear great or greater; to exalt. --Lamb. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To augment; exalt; promote; advance. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • aggrandize — (v.) 1630s, to make larger, increase, from Fr. agrandiss , prp. stem of agrandir to augment (16c.), ultimately from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + grandire to make great, from grandis (see GRAND (Cf. grand)). The double g …   Etymology dictionary

  • aggrandize — (Amer.) ag·gran·dize || É™ grændaɪz v. make bigger, make larger; widen; extend; increase the power or status of; increase the wealth of; intensify or exaggerate the reputation of someone in an artificial manner; make something look greater;… …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • aggrandize — (also aggrandise) ► VERB 1) increase the power, status, or wealth of. 2) artificially enhance the reputation of. DERIVATIVES aggrandizement noun. ORIGIN French agrandir, from Latin grandis large …   English terms dictionary

  • aggrandize — [ə gran′dīz΄; ] also [, ag′rəndīz΄] vt. aggrandized, aggrandizing [< extended stem of Fr agrandir, to augment < a , to + grandir, to increase < L grandire < grandis, great] 1. to make greater, more powerful, richer, etc.: often used… …   English World dictionary

  • aggrandize — transitive verb ( dized; dizing) Etymology: French agrandiss , stem of agrandir, from a (from Latin ad ) + grandir to increase, from Latin grandire, from grandis great Date: 1634 1. to make great or greater ; increase, enlarge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aggrandize — [[t]əgræ̱ndaɪz[/t]] aggrandizes, aggrandizing, aggrandized VERB (disapproval) To aggrandize someone means to make them seem richer, more powerful, and more important than they really are. To aggrandize a building means to make it more impressive …   English dictionary

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