aug·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌȯg-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce augmentation (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web This recall applies to BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders (devices used to stretch a person’s skin before breast augmentation or reconstruction after a mastectomy) from Allergan. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Breast Implants Have Been Recalled Because of Their Link to a Rare Cancer," 13 Aug. 2019 Two weeks ago, Delma Pineda, 44, a medical assistant born in El Salvador, underwent surgery for breast augmentation and lift, liposuction and tummy tuck at CG Cosmetic Surgery. Johanna A. Álvarez, miamiherald, "‘Doll, don’t you worry,’ the cosmetic clinic employees told her. She worried | Miami Herald," 20 Mar. 2018 Where in the past human beings have augmented ourselves in physical ways, now the nature of augmentation also is more intelligent. Karthik Kannan, The Conversation, "How can we make sure that algorithms are fair?," 16 Dec. 2019 In place of the drab realism that the regime demanded, Hrabal offered dizzying embellishments and dazzling augmentations. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, "The Violent Insights of Bohumil Hrabal," 19 Nov. 2019 In a video on Jolie’s site, Pascual joyfully executes a lip augmentation. USA Today, "When plastic surgery goes wrong, patients are left to pay for uninsured doctors’ mistakes," 13 Dec. 2019 Mayhew traveled with her mother from Suitland, Maryland, and paid Francis $1,600 for a buttocks augmentation procedure, prosecutors said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman pleads to homicide in botched buttocks injection," 18 Oct. 2019 Florida ranks first in searches for liposuction, second for eyelid surgery, fourth for tummy tucks and fifth for breast augmentation. Lois K. Solomon,, "Floridians are obsessed with fat-sucking surgeries, but nose jobs? Not so much," 13 Nov. 2019 Large-volume liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and the like. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "What Does the Future of Pain Management Look Like? Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists Weigh In," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of augmentation

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

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The first known use of augmentation was in the 14th century

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17 Jan 2020

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“Augmentation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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aug·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌȯg-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce augmentation (audio) \

Medical Definition of augmentation

1 : the act, action, or process of augmenting
2 : something that augments

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