- 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 augmenting
For most Americans, Social Security isn't augmenting private saving; private saving is (just barely) augmenting Social Security.Why Not Make Social Security Benefits Even More Generous
March 8, 2013
Today, Krugman weighs in, augmenting a point I made and then making yet another point.More on Obama and Reagan
June 8, 2012
In fact, he found his anger receding rather than augmenting.One Day's Courtship
This thought instead of augmenting her distress seemed to soothe her.The Rescue
Others, more reverent, suffer the agony of augmenting shines.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
All this time her own little fortune could be augmenting, interest on interest.A Little Girl in Old Boston
Amanda Millie Douglas
Now the augmenting mists had shut off all the rest of the world.
- 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 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.