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

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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 The last type is often called the Brazilian butt lift, which (despite its name) is technically another form of augmentation. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Cardi B’s Butt Injection Story Is a Reminder of How Dangerous Illegal Cosmetic Surgery Can Be," 13 Apr. 2018 Many prisons have increasingly turned to augmentation, and not for isolated two-hour bursts. New York Times, "Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries," 17 June 2018 Lip fillers are described as a type of lip augmentation via injection around your mouth to improve the shape, volume, and structure of your lips, according to Wed MD. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Getting Lip Fillers Removed: What You Need to Know," 11 July 2018 Big butts are out, lifted nose tips in The fad of gigantic butt augmentation is on its way out; people wanting distortion of their rear end is in its last death throes. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Derm-to-the-Stars Harold Lancer Says Big Butts Are Out, Lifted Nose Tips Are In," 27 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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