augment[ôg ment′; for n. ôg′ment′]
- The definition of augment is to make larger or stronger, or to become bigger.
A woman getting her breast size increased with plastic surgery is an example of augment.
An example of augment is to have your breast enlarged.
- to make greater, as in size, quantity, or strength; enlarge
- to add an augment to
Origin of augmentMiddle English augmenten ; from Old French augmenter ; from Late Latin augmentare ; from augmentum, an increase ; from Classical Latin augere, to increase: see wax
- Obsolete an increase
- Gram. a prefixed vowel or a lengthening or diphthongization of the initial vowel to show past time in Greek and Sanskrit verbs
verbaug·ment·ed, aug·ment·ing, aug·ments
- To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity: Continuing rains augmented the floodwaters. See Synonyms at increase.
- Linguistics To add an augment to.
Origin of augmentMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present augments, present participle augmenting, simple past and past participle augmented)
- To increase; to make larger or supplement.
- The money from renting out a spare room can augment a salary.
- (intransitive, reflexive) To grow; to increase; to become greater.
- (music) To slow the tempo or meter, e.g. for a dramatic or stately passage.
- (music) To increase an interval, especially the largest interval in a triad, by a half step (chromatic semitone).
- (grammar) To add an augment to.