aggrandise (third-person singular simple present aggrandises, present participle aggrandising, simple past and past participle aggrandised)
1.to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend.
2.to make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor.
3.to make (something) appear greater.
1. to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
2. to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate Derived Formsaggrandizement, aggrandisement (əˈɡrændɪzmənt) nounaggrandizer, aggrandiser, noun Word OriginC17, from Old French aggrandiss-, long stem of aggrandir to make bigger, from Latin grandisgrand; the ending -ize is due to the influence of verbs ending in -ise, -izeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
to enhance the wealth of Word Origin Latin a- 'from' + grandir 'to increase' Usage Note transitive Dictionary.com's 21st Century LexiconCopyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC Cite This Source
1630s, "to make larger, increase," from French agrandiss-, present participle stem of agrandir "to augment" (16c.), ultimately from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + grandire "to make great," from grandis (see grand (adj.)). The double -g- spelling in English is by analogy with Latin words in ad-. Related, Aggrandized; aggrandizing.
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