• Augment


    • UK IPA: /ɔːɡˈmɛnt/
    • US enPR: ôg-mĕntʹ IPA: /ɔɡˈmɛnt/
    • cot-caught IPA: /ɑɡˈmɛnt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛnt
    • Hyphenation: aug + ment


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

    Full definition of augment


    1. (transitive) To increase; to make larger or supplement.The money from renting out a spare room can augment a salary.
    2. (intransitive, reflexive) To grow; to increase; to become greater.
    3. (music) To slow the tempo or meter, e.g. for a dramatic or stately passage.
    4. (music) To increase an interval, especially the largest interval in a triad, by a half step (chromatic semitone).
    5. (grammar, transitive) To add an augment to.



    (plural augments)
    1. (grammar) In some Indo-European languages, a prefix e- (a- in Sanskrit) indicating a past tense of a verb.

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