One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To raise to a higher degree of value or excellence; to elevate or ennoble (the mind). Also †without object with object understood.
2with object To make great or greater in size, extent, or amount; to increase, augment, enlarge, intensify, magnify.
3no object Of material and immaterial things: to become great or greater; to increase in size, extent, amount, or intensity.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From great + -en.
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