- to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase: His salary is augmented by a small inheritance.
- to raise (the upper note of an interval or chord) by a half step.
- 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).
- 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
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Examples from the Web for augment
But Sex Box, with its ridiculous guinea pigs screwing conceit, will only augment our cultural hang-ups about sex.'Sex Box,' a Reality TV Show Where Couples Have Sex in a Box and Discuss It, Is Coming to America
August 21, 2014
These are successful Americanizations of the culturally unique ancestors, and they augment what American cinema prizes.What Asian Film Remakes Like ‘Oldboy’ Get Wrong
November 26, 2013
He seems to have done an acceptable job in that posting, so why not just continue and augment the relationship?Six Nominees to Succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State
November 29, 2012
SmartGlass will augment your gaming experience in a couple of ways.What’s So Smart About SmartGlass? 15 Questions
June 5, 2012
At dinner, she instructed the waiter to augment the french fries her husband had ordered with a side of spinach.On Being the Other Woman in an Affair
February 14, 2012
We shall at least, by this means, be sensible of our ignorance, if we do not augment our knowledge.
Those amendments, however, did but tend to augment their influence and their power.Roman Catholicism in Spain
"No doubt my Augment Index will bear it out," he said bitterly.We're Friends, Now
In Switzerland the number of German firms is large and continues to augment.England and Germany
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France needed an American army at once to augment her man power.
- to make or become greater in number, amount, strength, etc; increase
- (tr) music to increase (a major or perfect interval) by a semitoneCompare diminish (def. 3)
- (tr) (in Greek and Sanskrit grammar) to prefix a vowel or diphthong to (a verb) to form a past tense
- (in Greek and Sanskrit grammar) a vowel or diphthong prefixed to a verb to form a past tense
Word Origin and History for augment
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.