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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In the days and weeks following the shooting, the remaining Capital staff — augmented by reporters and editors from parent company Baltimore Sun Media, as well as journalists from newspapers all over the country — faced several imperatives. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Taking back control: A year later, Capital Gazette shooting survivors putting their lives, hearts back together," 28 June 2019 Meanwhile, post-apartheid, blacks were suddenly free to move to cities, and millions began a massive rural-to-urban migration that continues to this day, augmented by millions more desperately poor immigrants from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. James Pogue, Harper's magazine, "The Myth of White Genocide," 10 June 2019 From 1965 through 1967, Green Bay became the second team to win three consecutive NFL titles, with the final two league championships augmented by victories over the AFL representative in the first two Super Bowls. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Green Bay Packers announce plans to remember Bart Starr," 7 June 2019 Congress approved more than $25 million for school security improvements last year, and one analyst expects new technology could augment the $2.7 billion market for education security products. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students," 25 June 2019 This new test doesn’t appear to be replacing that system, but rather augmenting it. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Instagram begins testing new procedures to help users regain access to hacked accounts," 17 June 2019 The key is using artificial intelligence to augment and enhance the human element, rather than replace it. Marc Rey, Fortune, "Commentary: Artificial Intelligence Should Complement, But Never Replace, the Human Connection," 2 Apr. 2018 Though the Sacramento area traditionally has among the highest per capita water use in California, there has been little interest among local water districts in using recycled water to augment local drinking water supplies. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Californians are embracing recycled drinking water, so why isn't Sacramento? | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Mar. 2018 In this exhibition, however, curators at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art explore how Homer — far from seeing photography as merely a competitor — reacted to the new visual medium, using it instead to augment his broader artistic interests. BostonGlobe.com, "42 concerts, plays, and arts events you shouldn’t miss in New England," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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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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