verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- augmentation mammaplasty,
- augmented cognition
Origin of augment
Examples from the Web for augmented
This is only made that much worse by the grim statistics we augmented on Friday.The Fear About Things That Won't Kill Us Is Killing Us|Cliff Schecter|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many have augmented local police to establish a city defense force in preparation for an attack by ISIS.Kurdish Forces are Pushing Back Against ISIS, Gaining Ground Around Mosul|Andrew Slater|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ARC4 augmented reality system is finally ready to move from the military to the marketplace.
Augmented reality has been a staple of science fiction since the dawn of computing.
Active-duty personnel alone amount to more than 1.3 million people, augmented by another 800,000 reservists.Let’s Put Things in Perspective: You’re Still Safer on a Military Base|Robert Beckhusen|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The latter was augmented by loans available to countries to defray the rising costs of basic edibles and foodstuffs (cereals).After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
It was not so, however, that our house was raised, nor is it so that it can be fortified and augmented.Bride of Lammermoor|Sir Walter Scott
As the books increased the accommodation was augmented by one or two shelves erected above the desks.
Its homely comfort, augmented by the hour and the firelight, seemed to lap them round.The Long Night|Stanley Weyman
They had lived there from time immemorial—since the earth was a small island, which augmented as its inhabitants multiplied.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume IV|Hubert Howe Bancroft
- denoting a chord based upon an augmented triadan augmented seventh chord
- denoting a triad consisting of the root plus a major third and an augmented fifth
- (postpositive) (esp in jazz) denoting a chord having as its root the note specifiedD augmented
Word Origin for augment
past participle adjective from augment, c.1600. Musical sense is attested from 1825.
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.