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aggrandize

ag·gran·dize

aggrandize

 
 
pronunciation:
graen daIz [or] ae grn daIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: aggrandized, aggrandizes, aggrandizing
definition 1: to increase in size or scope; enlarge; extend.
Plans were made to further aggrandize the palace.
synonyms:
augment, boost, enlarge, extend, increase, inflate, magnify
antonyms:
diminish
similar words:
bloat, broaden, dilate, elongate, lengthen, multiply, thicken, widen
definition 2: to make, or cause to appear, grander in wealth, stature, power, or influence; exalt.
His service to the king had aggrandized him; he was now a member of the nobility with a large estate.
synonyms:
elevate, enhance, exalt, glorify, magnify
antonyms:
belittle, deflate
similar words:
boost, enrich, exaggerate, heighten, inflate, intensify, overstate, strengthen, upgrade
derivations: aggrandizement (n.), aggrandizer (n.)
Word Parts
The word aggrandize contains the following parts:
ag- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ag- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "g." See ad-.
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).