AskDefine | Define augment

Dictionary Definition



1 enlarge or increase; "The recent speech of the PLO chairman augmented tensions in the Near East"
2 grow or intensify; "The pressure augmented"

User Contributed Dictionary



From augmenter.



  1. To increase, make larger or supplement.
    The money from renting out a spare room can augment a salary.
  2. To slow the tempo or meter, e.g. for a dramatic or stately passage.
  3. To increase an interval by a half step (chromatic semitone).
  4. To increase the largest interval in a triad, especially a fifth or a sixth, by a half-step (chromatic semitone).



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

Extensive Definition

Augment may refer to:
augment in German: Augmentation

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