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.
1. All he desired was to aggrandize his estate.
2. It would be the first time in human history that economic necessity has prevailed over military aggrandize-ment.
3. The dictator sought to aggrandize himself by new conquests.
4. The king sought to aggrandize himself at the expense of his people.