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 (ə-grăn′dīz′, ăg′rən-)
tr.v. ag·gran·dized, ag·gran·diz·ing, ag·gran·diz·es
a. To increase the scope of; extend: aggrandized the authority of his position.
b. To make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation: "The executive branch had aggrandized itself during the war at the expense of the legislative branch" (David Herbert Donald).
2. To consider to be or cause to appear greater than is really the case; exaggerate: aggrandized his contributions to the project.

[French agrandir, agrandiss-, from Old French : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + grandir, to grow larger (from Latin grandīre, from grandis, large).]

ag·gran′dize·ment (ə-grăn′dĭz-mənt, -dīz′-) n.
ag·gran′diz′er n.


(ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz; əˈɡrænˌdaɪz) or


vb (tr)
1. to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
2. to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate
[C17: from Old French aggrandiss-, long stem of aggrandir to make bigger, from Latin grandis grand; the ending -ize is due to the influence of verbs ending in -ise, -ize]
aggrandizement, aggrandisement n
ˈaggranˌdizer, ˈaggranˌdiser n


(əˈgræn daɪz, ˈæg rənˌdaɪz)

v.t. -dized, -diz•ing.
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.
[1625–35; < French aggrandiss-, long s. of ag(g)randir to magnify]
ag•gran′dize•ment (-dɪz mənt) n.
ag•gran•diz•er (əˈgræn daɪ zər, ˈæg rənˌdaɪ-) n.


Past participle: aggrandized
Gerund: aggrandizing

I aggrandize
you aggrandize
he/she/it aggrandizes
we aggrandize
you aggrandize
they aggrandize
I aggrandized
you aggrandized
he/she/it aggrandized
we aggrandized
you aggrandized
they aggrandized
Present Continuous
I am aggrandizing
you are aggrandizing
he/she/it is aggrandizing
we are aggrandizing
you are aggrandizing
they are aggrandizing
Present Perfect
I have aggrandized
you have aggrandized
he/she/it has aggrandized
we have aggrandized
you have aggrandized
they have aggrandized
Past Continuous
I was aggrandizing
you were aggrandizing
he/she/it was aggrandizing
we were aggrandizing
you were aggrandizing
they were aggrandizing
Past Perfect
I had aggrandized
you had aggrandized
he/she/it had aggrandized
we had aggrandized
you had aggrandized
they had aggrandized
I will aggrandize
you will aggrandize
he/she/it will aggrandize
we will aggrandize
you will aggrandize
they will aggrandize
Future Perfect
I will have aggrandized
you will have aggrandized
he/she/it will have aggrandized
we will have aggrandized
you will have aggrandized
they will have aggrandized
Future Continuous
I will be aggrandizing
you will be aggrandizing
he/she/it will be aggrandizing
we will be aggrandizing
you will be aggrandizing
they will be aggrandizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been aggrandizing
you have been aggrandizing
he/she/it has been aggrandizing
we have been aggrandizing
you have been aggrandizing
they have been aggrandizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been aggrandizing
you will have been aggrandizing
he/she/it will have been aggrandizing
we will have been aggrandizing
you will have been aggrandizing
they will have been aggrandizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been aggrandizing
you had been aggrandizing
he/she/it had been aggrandizing
we had been aggrandizing
you had been aggrandizing
they had been aggrandizing
I would aggrandize
you would aggrandize
he/she/it would aggrandize
we would aggrandize
you would aggrandize
they would aggrandize
Past Conditional
I would have aggrandized
you would have aggrandized
he/she/it would have aggrandized
we would have aggrandized
you would have aggrandized
they would have aggrandized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.aggrandize - add details to
glorify - cause to seem more splendid; "You are glorifying a rather mediocre building"
exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overstate, amplify, magnify, overdraw - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"


verb exaggerate, advance, promote, intensify, elevate, enlarge, enrich, inflate, dignify, magnify, amplify, augment, exalt, ennoble He would go on and on, showing off, aggrandizing himself.


2. To raise to a high position or status:


[əˈgrændaɪz] VT (= increase stature of) [+ person] → engrandecer; (= exaggerate) → agrandar, exagerar
to aggrandize o.sdarse aires (de grandeza)


vt one’s power, empirevergrößern, erweitern; person, one’s familybefördern; to aggrandize oneselfsich befördern; (= be self-important)sich wichtigmachen
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