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augment


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Augment  \Aug*ment"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Augmented};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Augmenting}.]  [L.  augmentare  fr  augmentum  an 
  increase,  fr  augere  to  increase;  perh.  akin  to  Gr  ?,  ?,  E. 
  wax,  v.,  and  eke,  v.:  cf  F.  augmenter.] 
  1.  To  enlarge  or  increase  in  size,  amount,  or  degree;  to 
  swell;  to  make  bigger;  as  to  augment  an  army  by 
  re["e]forcements;  rain  augments  a  stream;  impatience 
  augments  an  evil. 
 
  But  their  spite  still  serves  His  glory  to  augment. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  To  add  an  augment  to 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Augment  \Aug*ment"\,  v.  i. 
  To  increase;  to  grow  larger,  stronger,  or  more  intense;  as  a 
  stream  augments  by  rain. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Augment  \Aug"ment\,  n.  [L.  augmentum:  cf  F.  augment.] 
  1.  Enlargement  by  addition;  increase. 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  A  vowel  prefixed,  or  a  lengthening  of  the  initial 
  vowel,  to  mark  past  time,  as  in  Greek  and  Sanskrit  verbs. 
 
  Note:  In  Greek,  the  syllabic  augment  is  a  prefixed  ?,  forming 
  an  intial  syllable;  the  temporal  augment  is  an  increase 
  of  the  quantity  (time)  of  an  initial  vowel,  as  by 
  changing  ?  to  ?. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  augment 
  v  1:  enlarge  or  increase;  "The  recent  speech  of  the  PLO  chairman 
  augmented  tensions  in  the  Near  East" 
  2:  grow  or  intensify;  "The  pressure  augmented" 




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