Meaning of aggrandize in English:


Pronunciation /əˈɡrandʌɪz/

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(also British aggrandise)
[with object]
  • 1Increase the power, status, or wealth of.

    ‘an action intended to aggrandize the Frankish dynasty’
    • ‘Some questioned whether Tarkin's methods were merely bids to aggrandize his own status, in defiance of the Emperor's ultimate goal.’
    • ‘All too often, business nowadays sees government as a sea of anti-progress ‘Sir Humphreys’ who generate red tape, obfuscate at every turn and aggrandise unaccountable power to themselves behind closed doors.’
    • ‘By structure and inclination, the new Europe would focus on aggrandizing EU power at the expense of NATO, the foundation of the transatlantic security relationship for more than half a century.’
    • ‘Governments are committed only to perpetuating and aggrandizing their own power, if need be, by trampling on the Constitution.’
    • ‘As the government has assumed power over monetary policy in contemptuous disregard of the expressed wishes of the savers (to say nothing of the provisions of the Constitution), it aggrandizes power.’
    • ‘They executed riots within the school over specific grievances or to aggrandize their own power within the school population.’
    • ‘The party, on the other hand, needs the army to win the war and thus to stabilize and even aggrandize its own power.’
    • ‘Another group put in place of owners would still wield virtually complete power, and aggrandize itself above workers.’
    • ‘For the most part the results have been extremely positive and a timely end has been brought to anti-competitive practices that impose unnecessary costs on business and aggrandise service providers who create little or no wealth.’
    • ‘Religion itself can be another form of ego gratification - a kind of spiritual consumerism that focuses on having spiritual experiences to aggrandize the self, spiritual hedonism, but hedonism nonetheless.’
    • ‘And Gank isn't without brothers in arms among Cleveland independents manning the front lines in the battle to aggrandize the Rust Belt, as Cash Money and No Limit did the South.’
    • ‘The Coens unashamedly celebrate and aggrandize American culture and sense of place, using it to enhance stories that convey and explore love, betrayal and ambition.’
    • ‘Rather, they propose to cross the frontier for no better reason than to aggrandize themselves and to prolong the subjection of their own population.’
    • ‘But she has used that skill to protect her friends and aggrandize herself.’
    • ‘And also getting a free programme aggrandising myself printed in the process.’
    • ‘I wish every young fella with my background would know that it is a joy to learn and to aggrandise yourself.’
    • ‘For them, the individual was of value ‘only if he was a part of the political fabric and able to contribute to its uses as though it were the end of his being to aggrandise the state’.’
    • ‘It is probable that the acquisition of bronze, silver, and gold vessels by aggrandizing Mycenaean elites during the beginning years of the Late Bronze Age resulted from their participation in such festivals while on Crete.’
    • ‘The act of waiting, although indiscernible to an outside observer, disrupts the illusion of time by erasing the past, diminishing the present, and aggrandizing the future when that which is waited for is expected to appear.’
    • ‘Since the Yankees had early taken to the idea of imposing communal civic virtue and obedience through the public schools, they were particularly receptive to this new reason for aggrandizing public education.’
    exaggerated, magnified, aggrandized, unwarranted, immoderate, pumped up, overblown, overripe, overstated, overplayed
    1. 1.1Enhance the reputation of (someone) beyond what is justified by the facts.
      ‘he hoped to aggrandize himself by dying a hero's death’
      • ‘By rallying behind a non-elected figure, they say, her supporters run the risk of giving up on the political process entirely, or aggrandizing her rather than furthering the issues for which she stands.’
      • ‘Rather, this is an excerpt taken from his address to the convention in his race for governor, where 2500 supporters aggrandized him with numerous standing ovations.’
      • ‘Most of these stories do seem to be romanticised hindsight as the chemist or his pupil or obituarist places the discovery in a human context that renders largely superfluous any rivals or spurious steps, or aggrandises the man into a hero.’
      • ‘It also indulged complexity to aggrandize the rich.’
      • ‘In other words, in the name of ‘taking the schools out of politics,’ they hoped to aggrandize the educational bureaucracy and maintain its power virtually unchecked by any popular or democratic control.’
      • ‘Again, people say they are lame or opportunistic for aggrandizing themselves by trying to rally a world-wide coalition in opposition to us.’
      • ‘But there are people who have political goals, who want to aggrandize themselves or their organizations or their movements.’
      • ‘Scherman's images, painted on a heroic scale and with muscular intensity, have that same aggrandizing effect, even as they depict anti-heroes, culprits, demonic strategists.’
      • ‘The comparison with Seurat's Grande Jatte, intended to aggrandize Signac's work, has the opposite effect.’
      • ‘Rather than aggrandizing its subject, this film is all about contextualizing a man hounded by comics fans and ‘broken-down hippie pest guys.’’
      • ‘Most of the information was really not the specific kind of factual information one might think, but rather feature and fluff pieces that seemed designed to aggrandize the agency.’
      • ‘It is time to look into this from a safety angle and stop aggrandising the ownership of these gadgets until you can cover consumers' fears about their safety.’
      • ‘However good their intentions, they'd risk aggrandising themselves and diminishing or insulting their subject.’
      • ‘Tiso is wary of being accused of aggrandising his adventure.’
      • ‘It is a foolish question, for it assumes that these writers are somehow aggrandising themselves.’
      • ‘The notion that the left-wing writers of the 1930s formed a homogenous clique of interchangeable, mutually aggrandizing talents has become one of the cliches of twentieth-century literary history.’
      • ‘Instead, the program's format is similar to a sporting event, as indicated by the some-what aggrandizing designation of the show's set as ‘Kitchen Stadium.’’
      • ‘That Langford aggrandized the role that he and the others played in the birth of Yellowstone is not surprising; history is replete with similar examples.’
      • ‘In their study of human society, the anthropologists aggrandize themselves to the observational perspective of gods even as they reduce humans to little more than animals.’
      • ‘For example, the community college baccalaureate is a result of practitioners' political agenda to aggrandize their institutions.’
      enhance, make richer, improve, add to, augment, supplement, complement, boost, upgrade, reinforce


Mid 17th century (in the general sense ‘increase, magnify’): from French agrandiss-, lengthened stem of agrandir, probably from Italian aggrandire, from Latin grandis ‘large’. The ending was changed by association with verbs ending in -ize.