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[v. awg-ment; n. awg-ment] /v. ɔgˈmɛnt; n. ˈɔg mɛnt/
verb (used with object)
to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase:
His salary is augmented by a small inheritance.
  1. to raise (the upper note of an interval or chord) by a half step.
  2. to double the note values of (a theme):
    In the fugue's development the subject is augmented.
Grammar. to add an augment to.
Heraldry. to grant an augmentation to (a coat of arms).
verb (used without object)
to become larger.
Grammar. a prefixed vowel or a lengthening of the initial vowel that characterizes certain forms in the nonpresent inflection of verbs in Greek, Sanskrit, Armenian, and Phrygian.
Origin of augment
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English au(g)menten < Anglo-French, Middle French au(g)menter < Late Latin augmentāre to increase, derivative of augmentum an increase (aug(ēre) to increase (akin to eke) + -mentum -ment) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive ending
Related forms
augmentable, adjective
unaugmentable, adjective
unaugmented, adjective
1. swell. See increase. 5. increase. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for augmented


(music) (of an interval) increased or expanded from the state of being perfect or major by the raising of the higher note or the dropping of the lower note by one semitone: C to G is a perfect fifth, but C to G sharp is an augmented fifth Compare diminished (sense 2)
  1. denoting a chord based upon an augmented triad: an augmented seventh chord
  2. denoting a triad consisting of the root plus a major third and an augmented fifth
  3. (postpositive) (esp in jazz) denoting a chord having as its root the note specified: D augmented
having been increased, esp in number: an augmented orchestra


verb (ɔːɡˈmɛnt)
to make or become greater in number, amount, strength, etc; increase
(transitive) (music) to increase (a major or perfect interval) by a semitone Compare diminish (sense 3)
(transitive) (in Greek and Sanskrit grammar) to prefix a vowel or diphthong to (a verb) to form a past tense
noun (ˈɔːɡmɛnt)
(in Greek and Sanskrit grammar) a vowel or diphthong prefixed to a verb to form a past tense
Derived Forms
augmentable, adjective
augmentor, augmenter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin augmentāre to increase, from augmentum growth, from Latin augēre to increase
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Word Origin and History for augmented

past participle adjective from augment, c.1600. Musical sense is attested from 1825.



c.1400, from Old French augmenter "increase, enhance" (14c.), from Late Latin augmentare "to increase," from Latin augmentum "an increase," from augere "to increase, make big, enlarge, enrich," from PIE root *aug- "to increase" (cf. Sanskrit ojas- "strength;" Lithuanian augu "to grow," aukstas "high, of superior rank;" Greek auxo "increase," auxein "to increase;" Gothic aukan "to grow, increase;" Old English eacien "to increase"). Related: Augmented; augmenting. As a noun from early 15c.

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