[ 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR aggrandize
2 inflate, strengthen, exalt.
OPPOSITES FOR aggrandize
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Also especially British, ag·gran·dise .
Origin of aggrandize
OTHER WORDS FROM aggrandizeag·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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How to use aggrandize in a sentence
Lewis could not but dread whatever tended to aggrandise a state governed by William.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
His lordship argued that the five-pound qualification would increase agitation, would aggrandise radical interests.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
To aggrandise himself or to aggrandise his house never entered into his thoughts.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Joshua|William Garden Blaikie
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
Build up and aggrandise your city, for in so doing you will gird on power like a garment, and win allies for her.Hiero|Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for aggrandize
/ (ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz, əˈɡrænˌdaɪz) /
to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate
Derived forms of aggrandizeaggrandizement 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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