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

  • adj. Having the ability or tendency to augment.
  • adj. Grammar Indicating an increase in the size, force, or intensity of the meaning of an adjacent word, as up does in eat up.
  • n. Grammar An augmentative word.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Growing, enlarging, increasing.
  • n. Expressing large size, intensity, or seniority, e.g. Italian -issimo or -one

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality or power of augmenting; expressing augmentation.
  • n. A word which expresses with augmented force the idea or the properties of the term from which it is derived. Opposed to diminutive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the quality or power of augmenting.
  • In grammar, expressing augmentation or increase in the force of the idea conveyed: applied both to words and to affixes which effect this.
  • n. A word formed to express increased intensity of the idea conveyed by it, or an affix which serves this purpose.
  • n. Also augmentive.

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

  • adj. increasing or having the power to increase especially in size or amount or degree
  • adj. intensifying by augmentation and enhancement


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