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NOUN (1)

1. the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something;
- Example: "the aggrandizement of the king"
- Example: "his elevation to cardinal"
[syn: aggrandizement, aggrandisement, elevation]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Aggrandizement \Ag*gran"dize*ment\ (?; 277), n. [Cf. F. agrandissement.] The act of aggrandizing, or the state of being aggrandized or exalted in power, rank, honor, or wealth; exaltation; enlargement; as, the emperor seeks only the aggrandizement of his own family. [1913 Webster] Syn: Augmentation; exaltation; enlargement; advancement; promotion; preferment. [1913 Webster]