[uh-gran-dahyz, ag-ruhn-dahyz]

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.

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
Related formsag·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

Synonyms for aggrandize

Antonyms for aggrandize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aggrandize

Historical Examples of aggrandize

  • To aggrandize his own has been for years his sole end and aim.

    Edmond Dants

    Edmund Flagg

  • The first of these moves was to aggrandize the "Association" to a "Church."

    Christian Science

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • If the Guises were French princes, their interest would be to aggrandize France.

    Chicot the Jester

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • The people were virtually enslaved to aggrandize a single person.

  • His wish to re-establish his house grew into an ardent desire to aggrandize it.

    A Love Story

    A Bushman

British Dictionary definitions for aggrandize



verb (tr)

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

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