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aggrandize (verb) to make more important, more powerful, richer, etc.; to increase the rank.
When a person in power tries to increase their power or influence, they aggrandize their power or influence. If a person attempts to grow richer, more important, or more powerful, they aggrandize their riches, importance, power, etc.. (Usually, the noun form aggrandizement is used as part of the phrase, 'personal aggrandizement.')
- The president is doing every thing in his capacity to aggrandize his power regardless of the feelings of others.
- Power causes, in the person enjoying it, a desire for more power, so they do all they can to aggrandize themselves.