verb aug·ment \g-ˈment\

: to increase the size or amount of (something)

: to add something to (something) in order to improve or complete it

Full Definition of AUGMENT

transitive verb
:  to make greater, more numerous, larger, or more intense <the impact of the report was augmented by its timing>
:  to add an augment to (see 2augment)
:  supplement <augmented her income>
intransitive verb
:  to become augmented
aug·ment·er or aug·men·tor \-ˈmen-tər\ noun

Examples of AUGMENT

  1. … a former member of Brunet's team, Jean-Renaud Boisserie of Berkeley, is in the Middle Awash seeking to augment the animal fossil record—particularly that of hippopotamuses. —Rex Dalton, Nature, 5 Jan. 2006

Origin of AUGMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French augmenter, from Late Latin augmentare, from Latin augmentum increase, from augēre to increase — more at eke
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of AUGMENT

increase, enlarge, augment, multiply mean to make or become greater. increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity <his waistline increased with age>; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition <increased her landholdings>. enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity <enlarged the kitchen>. augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed <the inheritance augmented his fortune>. multiply implies increase in number by natural generation or by indefinite repetition of a process <with each attempt the problems multiplied>.


noun aug·ment \ˈg-ˌment\

Definition of AUGMENT

:  a vowel prefixed or a lengthening of the initial vowel to mark past time especially in Greek and Sanskrit verbs

Origin of AUGMENT

(see 1augment)
First Known Use: 1671

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

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AUGMENT Defined for Kids


verb aug·ment \g-ˈment\

Definition of AUGMENT for Kids

:  to increase in size, amount, or degree <He works a second job to augment his income.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb aug·ment \g-ˈment, ˈg-ˌment\

Medical Definition of AUGMENT

:  to increase in size, amount, degree, or severity <diabetes mellitus is augmented by hyperthyroidism—C. H. Thienes>


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