Aggrandize vs Strengthen - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between aggrandize and strengthen

is that aggrandize is to make great; to enlarge; to increase while strengthen is (lb) to make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.

aggrandize

English

Alternative forms

* aggrandise (mainly British)

Verb

(aggrandiz)
  • To make great; to enlarge; to increase.
  • to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress
  • To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc.
  • * Prescott
  • his scheme for aggrandizing his son
  • To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
  • (Charles Lamb)
  • To increase or become great.
  • strengthen

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (lb) To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.
  • :
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,/ With powerful policy strengthen themselves.
  • *1851 , Anonymous, Arthur Hamilton, and His Dog
  • *:A little hardship, and a little struggling with the rougher elements of life, will perchance but strengthen and increase his courage, and prepare him for the conflicts and struggles of after years.
  • (lb) To animate; to give moral strength to; to encourage; to fix in resolution; to hearten.
  • *(Bible), (w) iii. 28
  • *:Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him.
  • *
  • *:"A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.."
  • (lb) To augment; to improve; to intensify.
  • (lb) To grow strong or stronger.
  • Antonyms

    * atrophy

    Derived terms

    * strengthener