aggrandize - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] formal 

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/əˈɡrændaɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theyaggrandize
he/she/itaggrandizes
present participleaggrandizing
past tenseaggrandized
past participleaggrandized
  1. to increase the power or importance of someone or something when this is not deserved or reasonable

    They use religion to aggrandize themselves.

    self-aggrandizing nonsense