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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.
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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  • From mines too is drawn what is necessary for maintaining and augmenting that part of it which consists in money.
  • It is the rich lushness of the other's inner being that begins to feel augmenting and transformative to them both.
  • Nature evolved genes to constrain energy as long as possible and to replicate for augmenting the amount of constrained energy.
  • We've been slowly augmenting our left-hemisphere since the invention of language.
  • Reversing, not augmenting government medicine is the solution that operates in favor of patient care.
  • Listening to a piece of music can drastically change your mood and emotions, augmenting or altering feelings and thoughts.
  • But it seems unfair and illogical to charge the consumer extra for augmenting a service that he/she is already paying for.
  • We should also start augmenting these coal plants with solar where feasible.
  • Money flowed in, augmenting the haul from big-ticket fund-raisers.
  • Okay well, there's another step toward augmenting reality by waving your hand at it.
British Dictionary definitions for augmenting


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 augmenting



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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