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)


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

Definition of augment (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

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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 The city will augment the signs with messages on its Facebook and Twitter accounts and with information on its website at Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "As fall sweeping begins, St. Paul, Minneapolis work harder to get cars off street," 18 Oct. 2020 But the results suggested neutrinos could augment such safeguards. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "Neutrino Detectors Could Be Used to Spot Nuclear Rogues," 6 Oct. 2020 As much as anything, the noisy environs of pre-pandemic Frenchmen Street pushed Helen Gillet to augment her cello with amplification and looping technology. Keith Spera,, "For cellist Helen Gillet, upcoming d.b.a. livestream 'feels like progress. It's a step forward'," 6 Oct. 2020 The Red Butte suckers augment the 20,000 suckers that are transferred into Utah Lake every year from the state’s Fisheries Experimental Station in Logan, according to the DWR biologists. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A little reservoir behind the University of Utah is helping save an endangered fish," 26 Sep. 2020 Defensive end Benson Mayowa, signed as a free agent to augment the pass rush, is dealing with a groin injury. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ injury-racked defense faces stiff test against the Dallas Cowboys," 26 Sep. 2020 Hansen said May 21 that the district had records subject to disclosure and that the district would notify the subjects of those records, giving them five business days to augment the record. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Circuit court dismisses lawsuit alleging Elmbrook School District violated open records laws," 18 Sep. 2020 The community even managed to open up soup kitchens, smuggling in extra food to augment their rations. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "How the Warsaw Ghetto beat back typhus during World War II," 13 Sep. 2020 ElectionGuard would be built as a software development kit—a highly sophisticated plug-in, essentially, that would augment existing machines. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "A Texas County Clerk’s Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What’s needed is an inclination to use technology to augment and complement classroom teaching. Brandon L. Wright, National Review, "Schools Can Do Better with the Dollars They Have," 18 Sep. 2020 Last year, researchers began a pioneering clinical trial, and more are on the way, bringing us closer to a world where blood factories augment supplies. Anne Michaud, WSJ, "Covid-19’s Lasting Effects on Health Care," 5 Sep. 2020 First up: a grant program to help restaurants augment sidewalks and off-street parking lots for service, like buying furniture, fans or sun shields. Ian Mcnulty,, "Expanding outdoor dining to New Orleans streets starts soon, bringing permanent changes," 7 Aug. 2020 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


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


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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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Augment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce augment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of augment

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


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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