verb (used with object), ag·gran·dized, ag·gran·diz·ing.
Origin of aggrandize
Examples from the Web for aggrandise
He is not painting pictures to aggrandise himself, he is only lovingly recording what he knows, feels, or hopes.Giotto|Harry Quilter
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|Thomas Paine
But these use them for the benefit of others and not to aggrandise themselves.A Son of Perdition|Fergus Hume
It is easier to ruin a kingdom and aggrandise one's own pride and prejudices than to set up a greengrocer's stall.Table-Talk|William Hazlitt
It extorts exorbitant revenues from this city to aggrandise other portions of the State.
British Dictionary definitions for aggrandise
Word Origin for aggrandize
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.