verb (used with object), ag·gran·dized, ag·gran·diz·ing.
Origin of aggrandize
Examples from the Web for aggrandize
To aggrandize his own has been for years his sole end and aim.Edmond Dants|Edmund Flagg
With years we will correct, we will task ourselves to aggrandize and elevate our work.Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good|Victor Cousin
His ambition was not to secure for himself ease or luxury, but to extend his imperial power, and to aggrandize his family.The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power|John S. C. Abbott
That he used his great authority to overthrow his own enemies and to aggrandize his own house goes almost without saying.The Story Of Ireland|Emily Lawless
Are not the large States evidently seeking to aggrandize themselves at the expense of the small?
British Dictionary definitions for aggrandize
Word Origin for aggrandize
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.