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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.
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aggrandize(ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz; əˈɡrænˌdaɪz) or
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
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ag•gran•dize(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.
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Past participle: aggrandized
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glorify - cause to seem more splendid; "You are glorifying a rather mediocre building"
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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.
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1. To make or become greater or larger:
amplify, augment, boost, build, build up, burgeon, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, grow, increase, magnify, mount, multiply, proliferate, rise, run up, snowball, soar, swell, upsurge, wax.
Informal: beef up.
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aggrandize[əˈgrændaɪz] VT (= increase stature of) [+ person] → engrandecer; (= exaggerate) → agrandar, exagerar
to aggrandize o.s → darse aires (de grandeza)
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