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 \ ȯg-​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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, the networks are trying to figure the best way to present games played in empty stadiums, including weighing the merits of augmenting broadcasts with artificial crowd noise. Sam Farmerstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "With the prospect of empty stadiums, how will the NFL move forward?," 8 May 2020 Detroit hopes to have a stronger running game in 2020 to support Stafford’s comeback, augmenting the former Georgia star with other ex-SEC standouts at running back. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Detroit Lions like the nasty in Madison’s Logan Stenberg," 2 May 2020 Woodrats moved in almost immediately, augmenting the structure with sticks over time. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, "Can We Save the Woodrat without Slaughtering Cats?," 29 Mar. 2020 But in the past few weeks, some of them have been transformed, with books replaced or augmented with canned goods, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and yarn and needles. Rick Rojas, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking for hope, uplift, or just a distraction from virus fears? Read on.," 28 Mar. 2020 The state’s emergency supply is intended for just this purpose, augmenting the private sources of vital medical goods in times of crisis. oregonlive, "Oregon’s stockpile of hospital safety gear depleted before coronavirus surge has begun," 25 Mar. 2020 In the dash, an analog speedometer keeps the retro feeling alive but is augmented with a digital display that shows information such as range, if the car is plugged into a charger, and if the parking brake is on. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "VW Microbus EV Conversion Merges Powertrain Tech, Old-School Cool," 20 Mar. 2020 Prior robotic designs have included a rotating drum to mix ingredients, and a see-sawing wok to flip ingredients, augmented with an automated spatula. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Georgia Tech physicists unlock the secret to perfect wok-tossed fried rice," 23 Feb. 2020 For his part, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that face masks can augment, not replace the state’s physical distancing orders. Los Angeles Times, "Should you wear a mask at the grocery store? Coronavirus advice keeps changing," 1 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The screen is augment by a rotary knob on the center console, which can also be used to control the screen. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is good, but not nearly good enough (auto review)," 11 Jan. 2020 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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The first known use of augment was in the 14th century

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Augment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/augment. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for augment

augment

verb
How to pronounce augment (audio)

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.
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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