Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To increase; to grow larger, stronger, or more intense.
  • transitive v. To enlarge or increase in size, amount, or degree; to swell; to make bigger
  • transitive v. To add an augment to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. grow or intensify
  • v. enlarge or increase

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Of course, that hasn't stopped Jasper Fforde from saying idiotic things like: "My thoughts on Fan Fiction are pretty much this: That it seems strange to want to copy or 'augment' someone else's work when you could expend just as much energy and have a lot more fun making up your own."

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  • This may not be what most people imagine when they think of augmented reality, but it is perhaps the main money spinner for using data to "augment" the real world.

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  • The 2008 treaty paved the way for Italy and Libya to "augment" their economic ties, said Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Co. and a former prime minister.

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  • This supports efforts to "augment" its credit-card unit business, he said.

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  • (*) (*) There is a pun in the French on the two meanings of the verb _hausser_, -- "to raise" and to "augment" or "run up."

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  • Magnusson says he wants to use the wearable computer to "augment" his memory.

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  • So why not take this natural mixing and "augment" it with some involuntary wealth redistribution?

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  • Where the funds are going, and as Rose Ferlita so clearly pointed out in her arguments, the generosity to areas that disproportionately "augment" private business enterprise eg, sports authority beneficiaries, does not demonstrate a magnitude of benefit to justify the level in increased expenditure and are therefore ... inappropriate when other services are being left ...

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  • Bamford went on to say that, "Microsoft has taken firmer control of the core experience," meaning that the Sense UI couldn't be fully integrated into Windows Phone 7 devices, but that they would "augment" the OS with extra functionality, which he remained tight-lipped about.

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  • Of course the danger is that, as Microsoft and Google have suggested, when vendors say they wish to "augment" the OS, they really mean slow it down with bloatware and proprietary coding.

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