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verb (used with object)
  1. to make greater; enlarge; increase.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become greater.
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Origin of greaten

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at great, -en1
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Historical Examples of greaten

  • The persons upon the stage, let us say, greaten till they are humanity itself.

    The Cutting of an Agate

    William Butler Yeats

  • And the Avon explosion had given business sense a further chance to greaten.

  • I have done thee indeed this service, as to promote thee to honour, and to greaten thy liberty; but, alas!

  • We love to think that Alfred's wars were not to greaten himself, but to set his country free.

  • Now some of the things which Alfred did were these: in national affairs he tried to rescue, defend, unify, and greaten England.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882

    The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle

British Dictionary definitions for greaten


  1. archaic to make or become great
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