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 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|Megan McArdle|March 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Today, Krugman weighs in, augmenting a point I made and then making yet another point.
One very worthy citizen of Kentucky did solicit me to have the augmenting of the force suspended for a time.The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Jefferson Davis
About his Army, he is quietly busy; augmenting, improving it; the staff of life to Prussia and him.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIV. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
I found it was now too late to stop the hourly augmenting torrent of abuse that was poured upon me from all quarters.Beaux and Belles of England|Mary Robinson
He has proposed a plan for augmenting the revenues, which has been favorably reported upon by committees of both Houses.Harper's New Monthly Magazine|Various
I was once tempted aside to climb a rounded eminence, where I lay for an hour watching the augmenting glory of the mountains.Hours of Exercise in the Alps|John Tyndall
Word Origin for augment
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.