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augmentative

[awg-men-tuh-tiv] /ɔgˈmɛn tə tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to augment.
2.
Grammar. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting increased size or intensity. In Spanish the augmentative suffix -ón is added to a word (as silla “chair”) to indicate increased size, as in sillón “armchair.”.
noun
3.
Grammar. an augmentative element or formation.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; augment + -ative; replacing augmentatif < Middle French
Related forms
augmentatively, adverb
nonaugmentative, adjective, noun
unaugmentative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un augmentative

augmentative

/ɔːɡˈmɛntətɪv/
adjective
1.
tending or able to augment
2.
(grammar)
  1. denoting an affix that may be added to a word to convey the meaning large or great; for example, the suffix -ote in Spanish, where hombre means man and hombrote big man
  2. denoting a word formed by the addition of an augmentative affix
noun
3.
(grammar) an augmentative word or affix
Compare (for senses 2, 3) diminutive
Derived Forms
augmentatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un augmentative

augmentative

adj.

c.1500, from Middle French augmentatif (14c.), from Latin augmentat-, stem of augmentare (see augment).

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