[ awg-men-tuh-tiv ]
/ ɔgˈmɛn tə tɪv /


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.

Origin of augmentative

1495–1505; augment + -ative; replacing augmentatif < Middle French

OTHER WORDS FROM augmentative

aug·men·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·aug·ment·a·tive, adjective, nounun·aug·ment·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for augmentative

/ (ɔːɡˈmɛntətɪv) /


tending or able to augment
  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


grammar an augmentative word or affix
Compare (for senses 2, 3): diminutive

Derived forms of augmentative

augmentatively, adverb
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