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Aggrandize  v. t.  (past & past part. aggrandized; pres. part. aggrandizing)  
To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress.
To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc. "His scheme for aggrandizing his son."
To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
Synonyms: To augment; exalt; promote; advance.

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"Aggrandize" Quotes from Famous Books

... Revolution of 1688 to respect, not the least remarkable is this, that the great families of the country, and great powers of the State, made no effort, as they might have done, in the hour of its weakness, to aggrandize themselves at the expense of the crown. Nevertheless, for various reasons, and among them because of the foreign origin, and absences from time, of several Sovereigns, the course of events tended to give force to the organs of ...
— Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists • James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Steph

... direct contradiction to his own declarations, that "this government" (meaning the British government) "has not any right to force defence with its maintenance upon him" (the Nabob); and he did thus not only avowedly aggrandize the Mahratta state, and weaken the defence upon the frontier, but did as avowedly detain their captain-general in force on that very frontier, notwithstanding he was well apprised that they had designs against ...
— The Works Of The Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IX. (of 12) • Edmund Burke

... 'the Church,' in two notes of her character, which he shall give in his own words: 'What, for instance, though we grant that sacramental confession and the celibacy of the clergy do tend to consolidate the body politic in the relation of rulers and subjects, or, in other words, to aggrandize the priesthood? for how can the Church be one body without ...
— Apologia Pro Vita Sua • John Henry Cardinal Newman

... sure some day or other it will come out that this immense fortification of Manassas is a similar humbug to the masked batteries; and Scott was the first to aggrandize these terrible national nightmares. Already many soldiers say that they did not see any fortifications. Very likely only small earthworks; if so, Scott ought to have known what was the position and the works ...
— Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 • Adam Gurowski

Words linked to "Aggrandize" :   embellish, embroider, blow up, magnify, amplify, hyperbolize, aggrandizement, lard

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