aug·​men·​ta·​tion | \ˌȯg-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\

Definition of augmentation 

1a : the act or process of augmenting something

b : the state of being augmented

2 : something that augments : addition

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Examples of augmentation in a Sentence

augmentations to the benefits package over the years have resulted in a total of 12 paid holidays for employees

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Ryan views the shift toward retail augmentation less about relentless efficiency, and more about relieving employees of boring, burdensome, rote work while giving them the tools and confidence to have better interactions with customers. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018 There are ads for breast augmentation with women holding up grapefruits in front of their chests. Loren Savini, Allure, "Breaking the Cycle: Meet the People Who Are Fighting to End Period Stigma," 27 June 2018 The question of reversibility steers a lot of the debate over human augmentation. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?," 25 Sep. 2018 For some cold cities in the Northeast, breast augmentation does not even make it to the top five most popular procedures. David Pan, USA TODAY, "The kind of plastic surgery people get depends on where they live -- study," 18 June 2018 About 36 percent of all breast augmentations that happen nationally occur in the west, in states like California and Nevada. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How Plastic Surgery Trends Are Often Influenced by Where You Live," 22 June 2018 Pineda, 44, a California resident, died March 6, one day after Loessin performed a breast augmentation and lift, liposuction and tummy tuck on her at CG Cosmetic Surgery. Johanna A. Álvarez And Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "This is how cosmetic surgery dreams became real-life nightmares," 30 May 2018 Museums have long dealt with unauthorized augmentations of their exhibitions, such as unofficial tours, but technology has opened up new possibilities for activists and art enthusiasts eager to have a part in shaping the museum-going experience. Miranda Katz, WIRED, "Augmented Reality Is Transforming Museums," 23 Apr. 2018 The world map is complete and good augmentation can be expected. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "How ARKit 2 works, and why Apple is so focused on AR," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of augmentation

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

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aug·​men·​ta·​tion | \ˌȯg-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- \

Medical Definition of augmentation 

1 : the act, action, or process of augmenting

2 : something that augments

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