Meaning of “aggrandize” in the English Dictionary


"aggrandize" in English

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aggrandizeverb [ T ]

UK usually aggrandise /əˈɡræn.daɪz/ /əˈɡræn.daɪz/

Examples from literature

  • He aggrandized their sense of importance, and accomplished his object in securing their support in his controversies with his congregation. 
  • I know her avaricious and acrimonious disposition—her love of wealth, and her anxiety to aggrandize her family. 
  • In the mob, as a French psychologist has said, ideas neutralize each other, but emotions aggrandize each other. 
  • The people were virtually enslaved to aggrandize a single person. 
  • To say that the sun was a god was equivalent to saying that it was a man, a human consciousness, more or less, aggrandized and sublimated. 

(Definition of “aggrandize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)