One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make (something) greater by adding to it; increase.‘he augmented his summer income by painting houses’
increase, make larger, make bigger, make greater, add to, supplement, top up, build up, enlarge, expand, extend, raise, multiply, elevate, swell, inflateView synonyms
- ‘Biologists are augmenting the wild population with 18-month-old animals bred on one of the islands.’
- ‘He suggests augmenting the menu by drying your own foods - there are several books on this topic available at local sporting goods stores.’
- ‘With her surgeon's permission, she asked de Vries to help, augmenting her conventional treatment with complementary remedies.’
- ‘At least one million women streamed into the workplace, augmenting the female labor force and taking all kinds of jobs traditionally reserved for men.’
- ‘The new link features an expanded shop, revenue from which has become vital to augmenting the budget of any gallery.’
- ‘The precision may be increased by augmenting the number of samples used.’
- ‘The military reserve is also augmenting civilian law enforcement.’
- ‘In the same period, the nation acquired a massive federal government, greatly augmenting the responsibilities of its chief executive.’
- ‘The company's performers come from Canada, Australia, Japan, Sweden, and Spain, augmenting the best of Irish dancing talent.’
- ‘We are augmenting the police department in New Orleans.’
- ‘When the camera shifts to what the actors can see, the audience gets dizzy views of the surroundings, thus augmenting the overwhelming panic that fuels this film.’
- ‘The workers are demanding all the increase go towards augmenting their base pay and that the present two-tier sick leave system be scrapped.’
- ‘Many augment their basic training with additional practice, on their own time and at their own expense.’
- ‘It may be used for purposes such as augmenting the water supply to neighbouring areas.’
- ‘State governments also increased their participation in the economy by augmenting their control over state banks.’
- ‘Their prize money of €200 will be put to good use in augmenting the facilities of the school.’
- ‘It is an examination of the impact of technology on augmenting the intelligence of a species.’
- ‘This carbon dioxide will thicken the atmosphere and augment greenhouse warming.’
- ‘Just next door in Pakistan, the international media is setting up shop, massively augmenting the local journalists, most of whom write and speak in the Urdu language.’
- ‘Initially, he saw them mainly as a way of augmenting his slender wage packet, but soon he became obsessed.’
A vowel prefixed to past tenses of verbs in Greek and certain other Indo-European languages.
Late Middle English: from Old French augmenter (verb), augment (noun), or late Latin augmentare, from Latin augere ‘to increase’.
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