augment

verb
aug·​ment | \ ȯg-ˈment How to pronounce augment (audio) \
augmented; augmenting; augments

Definition of augment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make greater, more numerous, larger, or more intense The impact of the report was augmented by its timing.
2 : supplement She took a second job to augment her income.
3 grammar : to add an augment to (a verb form) (see augment entry 2)

augment

noun
aug·​ment | \ ˈȯg-ˌment How to pronounce augment (audio) \

Definition of augment (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from augment

Verb

augmenter or augmentor \ ȯg-​ˈmen-​tər How to pronounce augmentor (audio) \ noun

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Verb

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

Examples of augment in a Sentence

Verb … 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 These reserve units will soon be augmented by full-time Maritime Safety and Security Teams. The first of these teams was formed on July 3; a dozen more are supposed to be created within the next three years. — David Helvarg, Popular Science, September 2002 The sale of its shares in such companies has helped augment its cash reserves from $1.7 billion to $2 billion. Call it a rainy-day fund—something that other dot-coms never had. But the move also suggests that even Yahoo has lost faith in the once boundless promise of Internet companies. — Brad Stone, Newsweek, 19 Mar. 2001 The money augmented his fortune. Heavy rains augmented the water supply.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To answer those questions, it must be augmented by other, narrower tenets. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "The Equality Conundrum," 6 Jan. 2020 Special effects were augmented by the lighting, which also served to draw attention away from how the effects were being achieved. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Theater Best of 2019: Lighting Design," 11 Dec. 2019 But for the immediate future, Snapchat plans to focus on its augmented-reality features (like its popular filters) and original content. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Snapchat is finding new life outside the US," 23 Oct. 2019 Relevant documentary evidence currently in the possession of the Administration will augment the existing evidentiary record and will allow Senators to reach judgments informed by all of the available facts. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Senate Democrats demand documents for impeachment trial as stalemate continues," 23 Dec. 2019 Although clearly a labor of love, Creating Woodstock only incrementally augments the event’s already considerable legacy, suggesting that lifelong fans, but perhaps few others, will uncover occasional revelations. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Creating Woodstock': Film Review," 14 Aug. 2019 In September, Iwaoka augmented his ramen crown jewel with a second restaurant, Gantetsu-Ya. BostonGlobe.com, "Gantetsu-Ya elevates Japanese street food in Brookline - The Boston Globe," 5 Dec. 2019 Instead of supplanting human workers, EXL’s artificial intelligence augments human activity within its client companies. Fortune, "EXL Service CEO: A.I. Will Augment the Workforce, Not Replace It," 3 Dec. 2019 The house Old Fashioned augments bourbon with garam masala syrup. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: House of Naan in New Haven mixes traditional with modern for comfort-food Indian fusion," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The screen is augment by a rotary knob on the center console, which can also be used to control the screen. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is good, but not nearly good enough (auto review)," 11 Jan. 2020 The ultimate threat of an omnipotent artificial intelligence demands that humanity augment or die. Josh Wilbur, WIRED, "You Could Live Forever With This Sci-Fi Time Hack," 4 June 2019 The Wharton economists, in turn, responded that other administrations have tried over decades to create airtight requirements that federal money augment, not replace, local spending, and that those efforts have routinely failed. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "As Trump Cabinet secretaries head to Hill, big hurdles remain on infrastructure," 13 Mar. 2018 Contracts are a much more open-ended excuse to explore your environment than hunting skill points and augments in Dishonored 2. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Dishonored: Death of the Outsider," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of augment

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for augment

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French augmenter, from Late Latin augmentare, from Latin augmentum increase, from augēre to increase — more at eke

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The first known use of augment was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Augment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/augment. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for augment

augment

verb
How to pronounce augment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of augment

formal
: to increase the size or amount of (something)
US : to add something to (something) in order to improve or complete it

augment

verb
aug·​ment | \ ȯg-ˈment How to pronounce augment (audio) \
augmented; augmenting

Kids Definition of augment

: to increase in size, amount, or degree He works a second job to augment his income.
aug·​ment | \ ȯg-ˈment How to pronounce augment (audio) , ˈȯg-ˌment How to pronounce augment (audio) \

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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