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 Turns out, post-lip augmentation dryness is a strange phenomenon that people don't seem to tell their dermatologists about. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why My Lips Felt So Dry After Getting Filler," 10 Sep. 2020 Grande's arena-ready look began with a diamante mask, the safety accessory offering eye-catching sparkle worthy of augmentation. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Perfectly Matches Her Eye Makeup With Her Mask," 25 Aug. 2020 Breast augmentation to increase breast size: $3,947. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "Botox boom: COVID’s stay-at-home lifestyle and masks create ‘ideal’ time for secret plastic surgery," 23 Aug. 2020 Since hormone therapy itself can lead to breast tissue development, transgender women may or may not decide to have surgical breast augmentation. Karen Pallarito,, "Transgender Surgery: Everything You Need to Know, According to Doctors," 3 Aug. 2020 Thus, acceptance of a gift of money or other property by an agency lacking statutory authority to do so is an improper augmentation. Molly Stellino, USA TODAY, "Fact check: President Donald Trump donates his salary, but he still makes money," 11 July 2020 New architecture starts with the assumption humans prefer self-determination in any context, and serves the cause of human augmentation that Douglas Engelbart championed in the earlier days of the internet. Daniel Berninger, Wired, "The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First," 13 June 2020 Chrissy Teigen recently opened up about her decision to remove her breast implants — 10 years after her initial augmentation. Thatiana Diaz,, "8 Celebs Who Chose To Remove Their Breast Implants," 27 May 2020 Image In the novel’s first part, Natsu’s sister, Makiko, has traveled to Tokyo from Osaka to consult a doctor about breast augmentation. Katie Kitamura, New York Times, "A Japanese Literary Star Joins Her Peers on Western Bookshelves," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of augmentation

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

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17 Sep 2020

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“Augmentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 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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