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 \ -​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

Instagram is powered by Facebook’s data centers, augmented by Facebook’s engineering might and, perhaps most crucially, monetized by Facebook’s world-class advertising operation. Seth Stevenson, WSJ, "Instagram’s Kevin Systrom on the Platform He Built for One Billion Users," 25 Sep. 2018 Moments later, Soler augmented the joy of Royals fans in attendance by making a sliding grab in foul territory for the second out of the ninth inning. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Jorge Soler saves the Royals again in win over Tigers," 4 May 2018 Valeur Absolue’s fine fragrances are augmented with natural additives. April Long, Marie Claire, "Aromatherapy Perfumes: Do They Really Work?," 20 Feb. 2019 At eye-level, sets of spidery lashes augmented a gaze set in graphic metallics, inner corners pressed in a gold that played well with her highlights and dress alike, giving way to a two-part cat eye pulled in a smokey brown. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "This Rising Actress Just Won Breakout Bob on the Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 2019 Users looking for more bass can also augment the trio with LG’s wireless rear speaker kit. James Vincent, The Verge, "LG’s latest soundbars feature Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant baked in," 27 Dec. 2018 With a rotating cast of drummers and augmented line-ups, the Who persisted through various triumphs, failures, break-ups, reunions and the death of 11 fans killed in a 1979 stampede in Cincinnati. Tony Fletcher, WSJ, "‘Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite’ Review: The Hardest-Working Man in Rock," 14 Dec. 2018 No event augmented the Republican’s narrow majority more than the abortive effort last summer to repeal and replace Obamacare. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Amid cancer treatment, McCain exercised significant political clout from afar," 25 Aug. 2018 The first season will augment attractions surrounding the 40th annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Remembering Henry Butler, a New Orleans giant," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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augment

verb

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.

augment

transitive verb
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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