Definition of augment in English:

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Pronunciation: /ôɡˈment/
[with object]
Make (something) greater by adding to it; increase: he augmented his summer income by painting houses
More example sentences
  • The workers are demanding all the increase go towards augmenting their base pay and that the present two-tier sick leave system be scrapped.
  • The precision may be increased by augmenting the number of samples used.
  • The new link features an expanded shop, revenue from which has become vital to augmenting the budget of any gallery.
increase, add to, supplement, build up, enlarge, expand, extend, raise, multiply, swell, grow;
magnify, amplify, escalate;
improve, boost
informal up, jack up, hike up, bump up


Pronunciation: /ˈôɡˌment/
A vowel prefixed to past tenses of verbs in Greek and other Indo-European languages.


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

  • auction from late 16th century:

    The way in which bids increase in an auction is embodied in the word's origin, as it comes from Latin auctio ‘an increase’, from augere ‘to increase’, also the source of augment (Late Middle English) and author.

Words that rhyme with augment

absent, accent, anent, ascent, assent, bent, cement, cent, circumvent, consent, content, dent, event, extent, ferment, foment, forewent, forwent, frequent, gent, Ghent, Gwent, lament, leant, lent, meant, misrepresent, misspent, outwent, pent, percent, pigment, rent, scent, segment, sent, spent, stent, Stoke-on-Trent, Tashkent, tent, torment, Trent, underspent, underwent, vent, went

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Syllabification: aug·ment

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