serving to augment.
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.”
Grammar. an augmentative element or formation.
- aug·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb
- non·aug·ment·a·tive, adjective, noun
- un·aug·ment·a·tive, adjective
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How to use augmentative in a sentence
A diminutive hardly seems the right kind of word under the circumstances; an augmentative would, perhaps, have been better.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2) | Georges Perrot
Note:—The rle of augmentative and diminutive suffixes in English is vastly less important than in Italian.Montessori Elementary Materials | Maria Montessori
The augmentative forms, pre-eminently common in the Italian language, often carry with them a depreciating sense.A Handbook of the English Language | Robert Gordon Latham
The MS. has Garees, a word not to be found in the dictionary, but evidently an augmentative of gara, a heron.
For the word wizard, from witch, see the section on augmentative forms.A Handbook of the English Language | Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for augmentative
tending or able to augment
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
denoting a word formed by the addition of an augmentative affix
grammar an augmentative word or affix
- Compare (for senses 2, 3): diminutive
- augmentatively, adverb
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