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French agrandir


aggrandize (third-person singular simple present aggrandizes, present participle aggrandizing, simple past and past participle aggrandized)

  1. (transitive) To make great; to enlarge; to increase.
    to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress
  2. (transitive) To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc.
    • Prescott
      his scheme for aggrandizing his son
  3. (transitive) To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Lamb to this entry?)
  4. (intransitive) To increase or become great.