aggrandize
[ ag-ruhn-dahyz ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Mid 17th century; Latin 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
Synonyms
    1.
  • boost
  • enlarge
  • expand
  • extend
  • heighten
  • increase
  • magnify
    2.
  • acclaim
  • dignify
  • ennoble
  • glorify
  • honor
Antonyms
    1.
  • condense
  • contract
  • decrease
  • lessen
  • redice
  • shorten
  • shrink
    2.
  • condemn
  • degrade
  • disapprove
  • disgrace
  • humiliate
  • shame
  • weaken
Definition
1. to make something appear greater
2. increase the power, status, or wealth of
Examples
1. A) You can aggrandize an object by looking at it under a magnifying glass. B) That particular mirror aggrandizes whatever is in its reflection.
2. A) His business efforts were all to aggrandize his family dynasty. B) The king would stop at nothing to aggrandize his rule.
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