aggrandize - vocabulary

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aggrandizement - noun

Aggrandizement: the act of increasing the size or importance of something or somebody.

aggrandize - verb

Aggrandize: to widen or increase in size or intensity; to make great or greater in wealth, power, honor, or rank; to make something appear greater.

Note: Both the noun and verb are often used with the prefix self-.
The historian’s job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.

—Peter Conrad The Art of the City (1984)
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