Definition of aggrandize
aggrandizementplay \ə-ˈgran-dəz-mənt, -ˌdīz- also ˌa-grən-ˈdīz-\ noun
aggrandizerplay \ə-ˈgran-ˌdī-zər also ˈa-grən-\ noun
Examples of aggrandize in a sentence
<a movie that aggrandizes the bad guys and makes the cops look like dopes>
<a generous grant, enabling the library to significantly aggrandize its collection of books on tape>
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Aggrandize has enhanced the English vocabulary since the early 17th century. English speakers adapted "agrandiss-," the stem of the French verb agrandir, to form "aggrandize," and later used the French form agrandissement as the basis of the noun "aggrandizement." (The root of "agrandiss-" is Latin; it comes from grandis, meaning "great.") Nowadays, both noun and verb are regularly paired (somewhat disparagingly) with the prefix self- to refer to individuals bent on glorifying themselves, as in the following sentence by Barbara Buchholz which appeared in the Chicago Tribune in 1995: "Celebrity authors eager to reveal all, self-aggrandize and wear their royalties in expensive attire. . . ."
Origin and Etymology of aggrandize
French agrandiss-, stem of agrandir, from a- (from Latin ad-) + grandir to increase, from Latin grandire, from grandis great
First Known Use: 1634
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