[uh-gran-diz-muh nt]


an act or instance of aggrandizing, or increasing in size, or intensity: aggrandizement of mercantile trade in the early colonies.
the act of making something appear greater than is actually warranted by the facts: Some saw it as ego aggrandizement.
expansion of power, wealth, rank, or honor: The department was used for the aggrandizement of its leaders.

Also especially British, ag·gran·dise·ment.

Origin of aggrandizement

1655–1665; aggrandize + -ment, influenced by French agrandissement, aggrandissement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for aggrandisement

chiefly British English spelling of aggrandizement. See -ize.



1650s, from French agrandissement, noun of action from agrandir (see aggrandize).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper