- 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 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
October 25, 2014
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
June 13, 2014
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
April 7, 2014
Every attention which was now paid to me augmented my dear mother's apprehensions.Beaux and Belles of England
These movements had augmented the trouble and curiosity of every one.
This attachment was only augmented by the difficulty of seeing each other.
On Tuesday the success was repeated artistically and augmented financially.Scaramouche
The other expressed by look and tone an augmented consciousness of the unexpected.The Market-Place
- music (of an interval) increased or expanded from the state of being perfect or major by the raising of the higher note or the dropping of the lower note by one semitoneC to G is a perfect fifth, but C to G sharp is an augmented fifth Compare diminished (def. 2)
- 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
- having been increased, esp in numberan augmented orchestra
- 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 augmented
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.