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Definition of "aggrandize" []

  • To increase the scope of; extend. (verb-transitive)
  • To make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation. (verb-transitive)
  • To make appear greater; exaggerate: aggrandize one argument while belittling another. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "aggrandize" in a sentence
  • "Re: Frederic Wakeman's review of China Men [NYR, August 14]: I did not write the myths to "aggrandize" my family and other Chinese Americans by connecting us to the high culture of China."
  • "Ill-fare malefits do not 'benefit the poor' at the expense of the rich; they aggrandize the power-seeker at the expense of those who value freedom-from-aggression."
  • "Much easier for two elites to unite on their true common ground: aggrandize their own money and power, and the populations they rule take the hindmost."