verb (used with object), ag·gran·dized, ag·gran·diz·ing.
- to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend.
- to make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor.
- to make (something) appear greater.
- to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
- 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.