[ greyn-juh-rahyz ]

verb (used with object),grang·er·ized, grang·er·iz·ing.
  1. to augment the illustrative content of (a book) by inserting additional prints, drawings, engravings, etc., not included in the original volume.

  2. to mutilate (books) in order to get illustrative material for such a purpose.

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
  • Also especially British, grang·er·ise .

Other words from grangerize

  • grang·er·ism, noun
  • grang·er·i·za·tion, noun
  • grang·er·iz·er, noun

Words Nearby grangerize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use grangerize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grangerize



/ (ˈɡreɪndʒəˌraɪz) /

  1. to illustrate (a book) by inserting prints, drawings, etc, taken from other works

  2. to raid (books) to acquire material for illustrating another book

Origin of 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

Derived forms of grangerize

  • grangerism, noun
  • grangerization or grangerisation, noun
  • grangerizer or grangeriser, noun

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