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aggrandize

[ uh-gran-dahyz, ag-ruhn-dahyz ]
/ 蓹藞gr忙n da瑟z, 藞忙g r蓹n藢da瑟z /
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verb (used with object), ag路gran路dized, ag路gran路diz路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路gran路dise .

Origin of aggrandize

1625鈥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路gran路dize路ment [uh-gran-diz-muhnt], /蓹藞gr忙n d瑟z m蓹nt/, nounag路gran路diz路er [uh-gran-dahy-zer, ag-ruhndahy-], /蓹藞gr忙n da瑟 z蓹r, 藞忙g藢r蓹nda瑟-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aggrandize

aggrandize

aggrandise

/ (藞忙伞r蓹n藢da瑟z, 蓹藞伞r忙n藢da瑟z) /

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 (蓹藞伞r忙nd瑟zm蓹nt), 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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