aggrandize

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verb ag·gran·dize \ə-ˈgran-ˌdīz also ˈa-grən-\

Definition of aggrandize

aggrandized

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aggrandizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make great or greater :  increase, enlarge aggrandize an estate

  3. 2 :  to make appear great or greater :  praise highly

  4. 3 :  to enhance the power, wealth, position, or reputation of exploited the situation to aggrandize himself

aggrandizement

play \ə-ˈgran-dəz-mənt, -ˌdīz- also ˌa-grən-ˈdīz-\ noun

aggrandizer

play \ə-ˈgran-ˌdī-zər also ˈa-grən-\ noun

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Examples of aggrandize in a Sentence

  1. a movie that aggrandizes the bad guys and makes the cops look like dopes

  2. 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



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