Aggrandizing
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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  • aggrandizing — 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 …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • self-aggrandizing — also self aggrandizing, 1856, from SELF (Cf. self) + aggrandizing (see AGGRANDIZE (Cf. aggrandize)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-aggrandizing — adjective Describing actions intended to make oneself seem more important. Boastful. His self aggrandizing talk alienated his colleagues who did the work he claimed credit for …   Wiktionary

  • self-aggrandizing — See self aggrandizement. * * * …   Universalium

  • self-aggrandizing — adjective 1. of or relating to or characteristic of self aggrandizement • Syn: ↑self aggrandising • Pertains to noun: ↑self aggrandisement (for: ↑self aggrandising), ↑self aggrandizement 2. exhibiting self importance …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-aggrandising — adjective 1. of or relating to or characteristic of self aggrandizement • Syn: ↑self aggrandizing • Pertains to noun: ↑self aggrandisement, ↑self aggrandizement (for: ↑self aggrandizing) 2. exhibiting self importance …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-ag|gran|di|zing — «SEHLF AG ruhn dy zihng, uh GRAN », adjective. aggrandizing oneself; seeking to aggrandize oneself: »a self aggrandizing official, self aggrandizing schemes …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aggrandized — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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