from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity: synonym: increase.
  • intransitive verb Linguistics To add an augment to.
  • intransitive verb To become augmented.
  • noun Linguistics The prefixation of a vowel accompanying a past tense, especially of Greek and Sanskrit verbs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Increase; enlargement by addition; augmentation.
  • noun In grammar, an addition at the beginning of certain past indicative tenses of the verb in a part of the Indo-European languages.
  • noun In pathology, the period of a fever between its commencement and its height.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To increase; to grow larger, stronger, or more intense.
  • noun Enlargement by addition; increase.
  • noun (Gram.) A vowel prefixed, or a lengthening of the initial vowel, to mark past time, as in Greek and Sanskrit verbs.
  • transitive verb To enlarge or increase in size, amount, or degree; to swell; to make bigger
  • transitive verb (Gram.) To add an augment to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To increase; to make larger or supplement.
  • verb intransitive, reflexive To grow; to increase; to become greater.
  • verb music To slow the tempo or meter, e.g. for a dramatic or stately passage.
  • verb music To increase an interval, especially the largest interval in a triad, by a half step (chromatic semitone).
  • noun grammar In some Indo-European languages, a prefix e- (a- in Sanskrit) indicating a past tense of a verb.

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

  • verb grow or intensify
  • verb enlarge or increase


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French augmenter, from Late Latin augmentare ("to increase"), from Latin augmentum ("an increase, growth"), from augere ("to increase").


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