Definition of augment in English:

augment

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (something) greater by adding to it; increase.

    ‘he augmented his summer income by painting houses’
    • ‘Initially, he saw them mainly as a way of augmenting his slender wage packet, but soon he became obsessed.’
    • ‘We are augmenting the police department in New Orleans.’
    • ‘This carbon dioxide will thicken the atmosphere and augment greenhouse warming.’
    • ‘The new link features an expanded shop, revenue from which has become vital to augmenting the budget of any gallery.’
    • ‘The workers are demanding all the increase go towards augmenting their base pay and that the present two-tier sick leave system be scrapped.’
    • ‘State governments also increased their participation in the economy by augmenting their control over state banks.’
    • ‘Biologists are augmenting the wild population with 18-month-old animals bred on one of the islands.’
    • ‘Their prize money of €200 will be put to good use in augmenting the facilities of the school.’
    • ‘The military reserve is also augmenting civilian law enforcement.’
    • ‘With her surgeon's permission, she asked de Vries to help, augmenting her conventional treatment with complementary remedies.’
    • ‘It may be used for purposes such as augmenting the water supply to neighbouring areas.’
    • ‘He suggests augmenting the menu by drying your own foods - there are several books on this topic available at local sporting goods stores.’
    • ‘It is an examination of the impact of technology on augmenting the intelligence of a species.’
    • ‘The company's performers come from Canada, Australia, Japan, Sweden, and Spain, augmenting the best of Irish dancing talent.’
    • ‘At least one million women streamed into the workplace, augmenting the female labor force and taking all kinds of jobs traditionally reserved for men.’
    • ‘In the same period, the nation acquired a massive federal government, greatly augmenting the responsibilities of its chief executive.’
    • ‘Many augment their basic training with additional practice, on their own time and at their own expense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The precision may be increased by augmenting the number of samples used.’
    • ‘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.’
    increase, make larger, make bigger, make greater, add to, supplement, top up, build up, enlarge, expand, extend, raise, multiply, elevate, swell, inflate
    magnify, intensify, amplify, heighten, escalate
    worsen, make worse, exacerbate, aggravate, inflame, compound, reinforce
    improve, make better, boost, ameliorate, enhance, upgrade
    up, jack up, hike up, hike, bump up, crank up, step up
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noun

Linguistics
  • A vowel prefixed to past tenses of verbs in Greek and other Indo-European languages.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French augmenter (verb), augment (noun), or late Latin augmentare, from Latin augere to increase.