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aggrandize

Line breaks: ag¦grand|ize
Pronunciation: /əˈɡrandʌɪz
 
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(also aggrandise)

Definition of aggrandize in English:

verb

[with object]
1Increase the power, status, or wealth of: an action intended to aggrandize the Frankish dynasty
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Enhance the reputation of (someone) beyond what is justified by the facts: he hoped to aggrandize himself by dying a hero’s death
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  • 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.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

aggrandizement

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Too many leaders are in it for personal enrichment or aggrandizement, a show-me-the-money style of leadership that has led directly to today's landscape of wrecked corporations and indicted CEOs.
  • Long terms in the office have not done Africa any good, except ensuring personal aggrandisement and enrichment,’ he said.
  • This despite being part of a school system which demonstrably does not waste much of its money on bureaucracy and aggrandizement of its own honchos; the system has no trouble educating half of its students.

aggrandizer

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Upstarts, such as alpha-type bullies and despotic self-aggrandizers, are eventually restrained, as are overly selfish free-riders and odd-ball deviants.
  • This special status may have been limited to specific aggrandizers or to corporate groups in which the status of the aggrandizer was conveyed to his entire family or lineage.
  • Since Riverside represents approximately 600 years of use, however, why are there no other lavish burials of adult male aggrandizers?

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