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[awg-men-tey-shuh n] /ˌɔg mɛnˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of augmenting; state of being augmented.
that by which anything is augmented.
Music. modification of a theme by increasing the time value of all its notes.
Heraldry. an addition to a coat of arms granted to a person by a sovereign power in recognition of a notable action.
Origin of augmentation
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin augmentātiōn- (stem of augmentātiō). See augment, -ation; replacing late Middle English aumentacion < Middle French Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for augmentation


the act of augmenting or the state of being augmented
the amount by which something is increased
(music) the presentation of a subject of a fugue, in which the note values are uniformly increased Compare diminution (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for augmentation

mid-15c., "act of making greater," from Old French augmentacion "increase," from Late Latin augmentationem (nominative augmentatio), noun of action from past participle stem of augmentare (see augment). Meaning "amount by which something is increased" is from 1520s. Musical sense is from 1590s.

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