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Definition of the verb aggrandise

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verb - inflections: aggrandised | aggrandising | aggrandises

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Alternative definition of the verb aggrandise


  1. [transitive] To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, to aggrandise our conceptions, authority, distress.
  2. [transitive] To make great or greater in power, rank, honour or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc.
  3. [transitive] To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
  4. [intransitive] To increase or become great.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for aggrandise

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Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

malignity, odium, rancour, repugnance, spite, unfriendliness, venom ennoble aggrandise, dignify, elevate, enhance, exalt, honour, raise ennui boredom, dissatisfaction, doldrums, fatigue, languor, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, melancholy, ...

Google previewA dictionary of the English language. Abstracted from the folio ed., by the author. To which is prefixed, an English grammar. To this ed. are added, a history of the English language [&c.]. (1768)

by Samuel Johnson

To amplify ; to aggrandise. Locke. 8.

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

Aggrandise ; see Grand. Aggravate; see Grave (j). Aggregate ; see Gregarious, Aggress ; see Grade. Aggrieve ; see Grave (2). Aghast, horror-struck. (E.) Misspelt for agast, which is short for agasted, pp. of M. E. agasten, ...

Google previewA General Dictionary of the English Language (1780)

One Main Object of Which, Is, to Establish a Plain and Permanent Standard Pronunciation. : To which is Prefixed a Rhetorical Grammar by Thomas Sheridan

To raise from coinmonalty to nobility; to dignify, to aggrandise; to elevate; to make famous or illustrious. * ENNOBLEMENT, &n-nofbl -ment. s.

Google previewChambers School Dictionary

aggrandize r aggrandise to make greater aggrandizement or aggrandisement (pronounced a-gran- diz-ment)"""" the process of making ( yourself) seem greater ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

its film industry—Tinseltown Artificial, not genuine—synthetic Artificially fostered—spoonfed Artificially improve the reputation—aggrandise Artificially induced excitement—hype Artificially induced insensibility to pain—anaesthesia Artificially ...

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Scrabble value of A1G2G2R1A1N1D2I1S1E1

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