from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity: Continuing rains augmented the floodwaters.
- transitive v. Linguistics To add an augment to.
- intransitive v. To become augmented. See Synonyms at increase.
- n. Linguistics The prefixation of a vowel accompanying a past tense, especially of Greek and Sanskrit verbs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To increase; to make larger or supplement.
- v. To grow; to increase; to become greater.
- v. To slow the tempo or meter, e.g. for a dramatic or stately passage.
- v. To increase an interval, especially the largest interval in a triad, by a half step (chromatic semitone).
- n. In some Indo-European languages, a prefix e- (a- in Sanskrit) indicating a past tense of a verb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To enlarge or increase in size, amount, or degree; to swell; to make bigger
- transitive v. To add an augment to.
- intransitive v. To increase; to grow larger, stronger, or more intense.
- n. Enlargement by addition; increase.
- n. A vowel prefixed, or a lengthening of the initial vowel, to mark past time, as in Greek and Sanskrit verbs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Increase; enlargement by addition; augmentation.
- n. In grammar, an addition at the beginning of certain past indicative tenses of the verb in a part of the Indo-European languages.
- n. In pathology, the period of a fever between its commencement and its height.
- To increase; enlarge in size or extent; swell: as, to augment an army by reinforcement; impatience augments an evil.
- In grammar, to add an augment to.
- In heraldry, to make an honorable addition to, as a coat of arms.
- To become greater in size, amount, degree, etc.; increase; grow larger.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grow or intensify
- v. enlarge or increase
Middle English augmenten, from Old French augmenter, from Late Latin augmentāre, from Latin augmentum, an increase, from augēre, to increase; see aug- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French augmenter, from Late Latin augmentare ("to increase"), from Latin augmentum ("an increase, growth"), from augere ("to increase"). (Wiktionary)