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Word of the Day: Aggrandize

Word of the Day: Aggrandize

What I think it means: Because of the aggr- reminding me of aggressive, and grand, I’m going to guess it means to overly exaggerate, or blow out of proportions.

What it actually means: to make something appear greater, widen in scope.

I was a bit off on that one, and the funny thing is, if I were called upon to use it in a sentence, I think I would’ve used it correctly since the word was a familiar one. There’s a subtle understanding that makes definitions tougher while usage when writing might come naturally.