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.
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
Related formsgrang·er·ism, noungrang·er·i·za·tion, noungrang·er·iz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr)
  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
Derived Formsgrangerism, noungrangerization or grangerisation, noungrangerizer or grangeriser, noun

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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