1. enlarge or increase;
- Example: "The recent speech of the president augmented tensions in the Near East"
2. grow or intensify;
- Example: "The pressure augmented"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] But their spite still serves His glory to augment. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) To add an augment to. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Augment \Aug*ment"\, v. i. To increase; to grow larger, stronger, or more intense; as, a stream augments by rain. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Augment \Aug"ment\, n. [L. augmentum: cf. F. augment.] 1. Enlargement by addition; increase. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) A vowel prefixed, or a lengthening of the initial vowel, to mark past time, as in Greek and Sanskrit verbs. [1913 Webster] 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 ?. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
78 Moby Thesaurus words for "augment": add to, agent provocateur, aggrandize, aggravate, amplify, annoy, bloat, blow up, boost, broaden, build, build up, bulk, bulk out, compound, crescendo, deepen, deteriorate, develop, dilate, distend, embitter, enhance, enlarge, exacerbate, exalt, exasperate, expand, extend, fatten, fill out, fortify, heat up, heighten, hike, hike up, hot up, huff, increase, inflate, intensify, irritate, jack up, jump up, lengthen, magnify, make acute, make worse, manifold, maximize, mount, multiply, parlay, provoke, puff, puff up, pump, pump up, put up, pyramid, raise, rarefy, recruit, reinforce, rise, sharpen, sour, strengthen, stretch, sufflate, supplement, swell, thicken, up, upsurge, wax, widen, worsen