American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To increase the scope of; extend.
- v. To make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation.
- v. To make appear greater; exaggerate: aggrandize one argument while belittling another.
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.
- v. transitive To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as.
- v. transitive To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc.
- v. transitive To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
- v. intransitive To increase or become great.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make great; to enlarge; to increase.
- 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. obsolete To increase or become great.
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- 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)
“Re: Frederic Wakeman's review of China Men [NYR, August 14]: I did not write the myths to "aggrandize" my family and other Chinese Americans by connecting us to the high culture of China.”
“Ill-fare malefits do not 'benefit the poor' at the expense of the rich; they aggrandize the power-seeker at the expense of those who value freedom-from-aggression.”
“Much easier for two elites to unite on their true common ground: aggrandize their own money and power, and the populations they rule take the hindmost.”
“But using the authority of "God" to justify unjust acts and to aggrandize personal power has lead to today's state, where the very word "God" has become a subject of debate, rather than a transcendent authority for good.”
“But not only does he disaggregate the issue, he, along with others failed to aggrandize the issue.”
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“Does this mean you are admitting there's no media conspiracy to aggrandize Obama's performance?”
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“Holland to attempt to aggrandize his sorry self at the cost of their valor.”
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