aggrandize | aggrandizement

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

make seem more important

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aggrandize - glorify

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To ‘aggrandize’ is to make the power, reputation, or importance of somebody or something appear greater than it really is. As this process typically involves deception and a degree of vanity, this formal word has negative connotations and is generally used to express disapproval.

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Synonyms hyperbolize
Antonyms depreciate,abridge

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  1. John used the post-mortem meeting to aggrandize his contribution to the success of the project. In reality, he did very little.

  2. The candidate did not impress me at all in the interview. She seemed more interested in self-aggrandizement than being honest about her skills and accomplishments.

  3. The point of this advertising campaign is to aggrandize the product, so I don’t care if it’s a little over-the-top.

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