verb (used with object), grang·er·ized, grang·er·iz·ing.
to augment the illustrative content of (a book) by inserting additional prints, drawings, engravings, etc., not included in the original volume.
to mutilate (books) in order to get illustrative material for such a purpose.
Also especially British, grang·er·ise.
Origin of grangerize
1880–85; after James Granger (1723–1776), English clergyman whose Biographical History of England (1769) was arranged for such illustration; see -ize
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Yet a new word was added to the language—“to grangerize”—on account of him.
to illustrate (a book) by inserting prints, drawings, etc, taken from other works
to raid (books) to acquire material for illustrating another book
Word Origin for grangerize
C19: named after Joseph Granger, 18th-century English writer, whose Biographical History of England (1769) included blank pages for illustrations to be supplied by the reader
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