1. an act or instance of aggrandizing, or increasing in size, or intensity: aggrandizement of mercantile trade in the early colonies.
  2. the act of making something appear greater than is actually warranted by the facts: Some saw it as ego aggrandizement.
  3. expansion of power, wealth, rank, or honor: The department was used for the aggrandizement of its leaders.

1650s, from French agrandissement, noun of action from agrandir (see aggrandize).

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