verb (used with object), ag·gran·dized, ag·gran·diz·ing.

  1. to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend.
  2. to make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor.
  3. to make (something) appear greater.

verb (tr)

  1. to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
  2. to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate

1630s, “to make larger, increase,” from French agrandiss-, present participle stem of agrandir “to augment” (16c.), ultimately from Latin ad “to” (see ad-) + grandire “to make great,” from grandis (see grand (adj.)). The double -g- spelling in English is by analogy with Latin words in ad-. Related: Aggrandized; aggrandizing.

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