Ag"gran*dize (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggrandized (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Aggrandizing (#).] [F. agrandir; a (L. ad) + grandir to increase, L. grandire, fr. grandis great. See Grand, and cf. Finish.]

1.

To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress.

2.

To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc.

His scheme for aggrandizing his son. Prescott.

3.

To make appear great or greater; to exalt.

Lamb.

Syn. -- To augment; exalt; promote; advance.

 

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Ag"gran*dize, v. i.

To increase or become great.

[Obs.]

Follies, continued till old age, do aggrandize. J. Hall.

 

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