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aggrandize

[ uh-gran-dahyz, ag-ruhn-dahyz ]
/ əˈgræn daɪz, ˈæg rənˌdaɪz /
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verb (used with object), ag·gran·dized, ag·gran·diz·ing.

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.

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Also especially British, ag·gran·dise .

Origin of aggrandize

1625–35; <French aggrandiss- (long stem of aggrandir to magnify), equivalent to ag-ag- + grand (see grand) + -iss-ish2, irregular equated with -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM aggrandize

ag·gran·dize·ment [uh-gran-diz-muhnt], /əˈgræn dɪz mənt/, nounag·gran·diz·er [uh-gran-dahy-zer, ag-ruhndahy-], /əˈgræn daɪ zər, ˈægˌrəndaɪ-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aggrandize

aggrandize

aggrandise

/ (ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz, əˈɡrænˌdaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate

Derived forms of aggrandize

aggrandizement or aggrandisement (əˈɡrændɪzmənt), nounaggrandizer or aggrandiser, noun

Word Origin for aggrandize

C17: from Old French aggrandiss-, long stem of aggrandir to make bigger, from Latin grandis grand; the ending -ize is due to the influence of verbs ending in -ise, -ize
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