aggrandize

  • 1 Aggrandize — Ag gran*dize, v. i. To increase or become great. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Follies, continued till old age, do aggrandize. J. Hall. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 aggrandize — index accrue (increase), accumulate (enlarge), bear (yield), build (augment), compound …

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  • 4 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 …

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  • 5 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;… …

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  • 6 aggrandize — *exalt, magnify Analogous words: heighten, enhance, aggravate, *intensify: elevate, raise, *lift, boost Antonyms: belittle Contrasted words: minimize, depreciate, disparage, *decry, detract, derogate …

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  • 7 aggrandize — [v] cause something to seem or be greater, bigger acclaim, applaud, augment, beef up*, boost, commend, dignify, distinguish, enlarge, ennoble, expand, extend, glorify, heighten, hike, hike up*, honor, hype, increase, intensify, jack up*, jump,… …

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  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 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… …

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  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 aggrandize — verb a) To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, We must aggrandize our conceptions, authority, and distress. b) To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc …

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  • 13 aggrandize — aggrandizement /euh gran diz meuhnt/, n. aggrandizer /euh gran duy zeuhr, ag reuhnduy /, n. /euh gran duyz, ag reuhn duyz /, v.t., aggrandized, aggrandizing. 1. to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend. 2. to make great… …

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  • 14 aggrandize — Synonyms and related words: add to, advance, amplify, apotheose, apotheosize, augment, ballyhoo, beatify, beef up, bloat, blow up, boost, broaden, build, build up, bulk, bulk out, burlesque, canonize, caricature, carry too far, crescendo, crown,… …

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  • 15 aggrandize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. enlarge, extend (See expansion); exaggerate (See exaggeration). Ant., humble, reduce, minimize. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To exalt] Syn. acclaim, applaud, glorify; see praise 1 . 2. [To increase] Syn …

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  • 16 aggrandize — or aggrandise ə grandʌɪz verb increase the power, status, or wealth of. ↘artificially enhance the reputation of. Derivatives aggrandizement noun aggrandizer noun Origin C17: from Fr. agrandiss , agrandir, prob. from Ital. aggrandire, from L.… …

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  • 17 aggrandize — v. a. Exalt, dignify, honor, elevate, promote, make great, raise to higher rank. See advance …

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  • 18 aggrandize — v 1. increase, enlarge, make larger, make bigger, make greater, Chiefly Literary. greaten; widen, thicken, broaden; lengthen, elongate, prolong, prolongate, protract; dilate, distend, inflate, swell, bloat, puff out, blow up. 2. augment,… …

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  • 19 aggrandize — ag·gran·dize …

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  • 20 aggrandize — ag•gran•dize [[t]əˈgræn daɪz, ˈæg rənˌdaɪz[/t]] v. t. dized, diz•ing 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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