- to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend.
- to make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor.
- to make (something) appear greater.
Origin of aggrandize
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Examples from the Web for aggrandise
To aggrandise his own name, he had covered Europe with blood.
The Empress, too, forgets her own consequence, in eagerness to aggrandise her favourite.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4
But these use them for the benefit of others and not to aggrandise themselves.A Son of Perdition
It extorts exorbitant revenues from this city to aggrandise other portions of the State.
This species of feudality is kept up to aggrandise the corporations at the ruin of towns; and the effect is visible.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II
- to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
- to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate
Word Origin and History for aggrandise
1630s, "to make larger, increase," from French agrandiss-, present participle stem of agrandir "to augment" (16c.), ultimately from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + grandire "to make great," from grandis (see grand (adj.)). The double -g- spelling in English is by analogy with Latin words in ad-. Related: Aggrandized; aggrandizing.