Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To increase the scope of; extend.
  • transitive v. To make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation.
  • transitive v. To make appear greater; exaggerate: aggrandize one argument while belittling another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as,
  • v. To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc.
  • v. To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
  • v. To increase or become great.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To increase or become great.
  • transitive v. To make great; to enlarge; to increase.
  • transitive v. To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc.
  • transitive v. To make appear great or greater; to exalt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor; exalt: as, to aggrandize a family.
  • To magnify or exaggerate.
  • To widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend; elevate.
  • Synonyms To honor, dignify, advance, elevate, give luster to.
  • To grow or become greater.
  • Also spelled aggrandise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. add details to

Etymologies

French agrandir, agrandiss-, from Old French : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + grandir, to grow larger (from Latin grandīre, from grandis, large).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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