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)


aug·​ment | \ ˈȯg-ˌment How to pronounce augment (audio) \

Definition of augment (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vowel prefixed or a lengthening of the initial vowel to mark past time especially in Greek and Sanskrit verbs

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augmenter or augmentor \ ȯg-​ˈmen-​tər How to pronounce augment (audio) \ noun

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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 Further, the company is trying to augment its fee income by undertaking strategic acquisitions. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Another strategy for movie theater owners is to augment the cinematic experience with special guests or performers. Alexander Gladstone, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Many players in the W.N.B.A. go overseas in the off-season to augment their income, and often get deals worth substantially more than their earnings in the U.S. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 The modus operandi here since Sweeney’s arrival in the spring of ’15 has been to augment around the aging veterans from the ’11 Cup, optimize the window of opportunity., 15 June 2021 While these tech companies purport to augment the freedoms of those living under autocratic rule, their cowardice in Russia has made Russians less free. Justin Sherman, Wired, 26 Sep. 2021 Banana Capital has now made its biggest investment ever in Vinn, creating a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to augment capital contributed from its fund. Nina Wolpow, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 The trading venue will augment an existing equity market in Beijing and specifically host innovative smaller companies, according to Mr. Xi and a statement from the China Securities Regulatory Commission. James T. Areddy, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2021 Hiring a solo software developer is a plug-and-play solution to temporarily augment the team or delegate a particular task on a one-off basis. Robert Krajewski, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, it can be used to automate commercial processes, optimize pricing in real-time, and augment decision-making. Tomas Montvilas, Forbes, 25 June 2021 To augment strength, these panels were staggered vertically, like pieces of a puzzle, so that all their tops and bottoms did not align at the same floor level. Donald Dusenberry, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2021 In a letter to Congress last week, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh stressed that states could use some of the $350 billion in local aid authorized under the last relief package to augment benefits locally., 27 Aug. 2021 In a letter to Congress last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh stressed that states could use some of the $350 billion in local aid authorized under the latest relief package to augment benefits locally. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 28 Aug. 2021 The ambition of Biden's fiscal policy -- now pending before Congress in $4 trillion worth of physical and human infrastructure proposals -- may serve to augment that imperative. John Harwood, CNN, 20 July 2021 Individuals have entered the stock market to augment income lost due to the pandemic and to compensate for low interest rates on savings accounts. Naeem Aslam, Forbes, 25 June 2021 There will be presentation elements added to augment the M-Factors effect on the game and situation. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The design’s upright sides and tailgate augment cargo and kid space. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of augment


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


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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“Augment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of augment

: to increase the size or amount of (something)
: to add something to (something) in order to improve or complete it


aug·​ment | \ ȯg-ˈment How to pronounce augment (audio) \
augmented; augmenting

Kids Definition of augment

: to increase in size, amount, or degree


transitive verb
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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