- 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 aggrandize
To aggrandize his own has been for years his sole end and aim.Edmond Dants
The first of these moves was to aggrandize the "Association" to a "Church."Christian Science
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
If the Guises were French princes, their interest would be to aggrandize France.Chicot the Jester
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The people were virtually enslaved to aggrandize a single person.Beacon Lights of History, Volume II
His wish to re-establish his house grew into an ardent desire to aggrandize it.A Love Story
- to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
- to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate
Word Origin and History for aggrandize
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.