- 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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Examples from the Web for grangerize
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
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