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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb aggrandize:


Aggrandize (to make larger or greater) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the verb aggrandize

What does aggrandize mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: aggrandized | aggrandizing | aggrandizes

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Alternative definition of the verb aggrandize


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

Definition of the verb aggrandize for high school students

    to increase or make greater
    • example: Joseph always dropped the names of the famous people his father knew as a way to aggrandize his personal stature.

The verb aggrandize is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for aggrandize

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Google previewThe Very Best Coaching and Study Course for the New GRE General Test (2003)

With CD-ROM for Windows, REA's TESTware for the GRE CBT by Pauline Alexander-Travis, Research and Education Association

AGGRANDIZE means to make (appear) greater; AUGMENT means to add to. ABATEMENT and EXTENUATION both ...

Google previewPCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) Flashcard Book (2013)

by The Editors of REA

AGGRANDIZE means to make (appear) greater; AUGMENT means to add to. ABATEMENT and EXTENUATION both mean a forgiveness. ADJUNCT and DETRUNCATE (C) are antonyms. INCREMENT and DIMINUTION (D) are antonyms.

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

righteous, trustworthy, untouchable increase: accelerate, accrue, accumulate, add, addition, advantage, aggrandize, aggravate, amplify, appreciate, augment, boost, broaden, build, compound, development, dilate, double, enhance, enlarge , ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the United States Constitution (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

nothing more easy than to pervert its powers into instruments to aggrandize and enrich one or more interests by oppressing and impoverishing the others. . . .” (1953, 13). Somehow or another, then, some ...

Google previewSimon & Schuster Super Crossword Puzzle Dictionary And Reference Book (1999)

by Seth Godin, Lark Productions LLC, Seth Godin Productions

aggrandize: 3 pad; 4 lard, puff; 5 exalt, widen; 6 blow up, expand, extend, rarefy, spread; 7 amplify, develop, distend, elevate, inflate, magnify; 9 dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, spread out aggravate: 4 urge; 5 annoy; 6 madden, ...

Google previewDictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (1998)

by Martin Manser

heighten, swell, intensify, advance, increase, augment, aggrandize ant. undervalue, depreciate, disparage, detract, underestimate enigmatic adj. puzzling, perplexing, obscure, hidden, ...

Google previewEnglish-Pali Dictionary (1989)

by Ambalaṅgoḍa Polvattē Buddhadatta

Aggrandize Ahead Aggrandize, v.l. pavaddheti ...

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Quotes about aggrandize

The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent. (Peter Conrad)
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Scrabble value of A1G2G2R1A1N1D2I1Z10E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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