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1. The act or process of augmenting.
2. The condition of being augmented.
3. Something that augments.
4. Music The presentation of a theme in notes of usually double time value.
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1. the act of augmenting or the state of being augmented
2. the amount by which something is increased
3. (Classical Music) music the presentation of a subject of a fugue, in which the note values are uniformly increased. Compare diminution2
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(ˌɔg mɛnˈteɪ ʃən)

1. the act of augmenting or the state of being augmented.
2. that by which anything is augmented.
[1425–75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin]
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beef up To strengthen, reinforce; to augment, increase. Prior to slaughter, cows, steer, and bulls raised for their meat are fattened in order to increase their body weight and thus the profits derived from their sale. An early figurative usage appeared in 1941 in A. O. Pollard’s Bombers over Reich:

When the Fortresses reach Britain from the United States certain alterations are made; the larger guns are … “beefed up” so as to give them a rate of fire of 900 rounds a minute.

blow the coals To increase, augment, or heighten; to exacerbate or aggravate. Like fan the fires or add fuel to the fire, the meaning and origin of this phrase are obvious, referring to the action of bellows on coals.

fatten the kitty To increase the stakes, usually in reference to gambling; to add money or chips to a common pot to be awarded to the winner. In many forms of gambling, particularly in card games such as poker, all the players bet by putting money into a pot or pool called a kitty.”To fatten the kitty” is to add more to it, to increase its size. According to several sources, however, kitty can also refer to a percentage of the pot set aside for some special purpose such as buying refreshments or paying the house share. Similar expressions include sweeten the kitty, and fatten or sweeten the pot.

gear up To accelerate or speed up; to increase or boost. Figurative use of gear up derives from the literal mechanical meaning ‘to go into a higher gear so that the driven part goes faster than the driving part’—in other words, to shift into a higher gear in order to go faster. This expression is frequently heard in economic contexts, as in “to gear up production.”

up the ante To raise the stakes, to increase the risk. In poker the ante is the sum that each player pays into the pot in advance; by extension, in other monetary contexts it refers to the share invested in a business venture. The variant raise the ante is usually limited to these more literal uses. Up the ante, however, frequently appears in a nonfinancial sense, with respect to the increased personal or emotional cost entailed by a given decision, relationship, or course of action.

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Enlargement, as in cosmetic surgery to enlarge a woman’s breasts.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.augmentation - the amount by which something increases
increase - a change resulting in an increase; "the increase is scheduled for next month"
2.augmentation - the statement of a theme in notes of greater duration (usually twice the length of the original)
statement - (music) the presentation of a musical theme; "the initial statement of the sonata"
diminution - the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
3.augmentation - the act of augmenting
step-up, increase - the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary"
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2. Something tending to augment something else:
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aukning, vöxtur


[ˌɔːgmenˈteɪʃən] Naumento m
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nVermehrung f; (of income also)Vergrößerung f; (in numbers) → Zunahme f; (Mus) → Augmentation f; breast augmentationBrustvergrößerung f
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(oːgˈment) verb
to increase in amount or make bigger in size or number.
ˌaugmenˈtation noun
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n aumento; breast — aumento mamario or de senos
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They seem still to aim at things repugnant and irreconcilable; at an augmentation of federal authority, without a diminution of State authority; at sovereignty in the Union, and complete independence in the members.
The very same day the occupants of the apartments on the fifth floor of the house, now become the property of Dantes, were duly informed by the notary who had arranged the necessary transfer of deeds, etc., that the new landlord gave them their choice of any of the rooms in the house, without the least augmentation of rent, upon condition of their giving instant possession of the two small chambers they at present inhabited.
Considered as a reflector, it is potent in producing a monstrous and odious uniformity: and the evil is here aggravated, not in merely direct proportion with the augmentation of its sources, but in a ratio constantly increasing.
She compromised on an augmentation of her territory, twenty million dollars' indemnity in money, and peace.
Now, at the moment when the door had opened to admit the cardinal, the nine parts of self-esteem in Gringoire, swollen and expanded by the breath of popular admiration, were in a state of prodigious augmentation, beneath which disappeared, as though stifled, that imperceptible molecule of which we have just remarked upon in the constitution of poets; a precious ingredient, by the way, a ballast of reality and humanity, without which they would not touch the earth.
Weston was chatty and convivial, and no friend to early separations of any sort; but at last the drawingroom party did receive an augmentation. Mr.
The attempt has awakened fully the public attention to that important subject; and has led to investigations which must terminate in a thorough and universal conviction, not only that the constitution has provided the most effectual guards against danger from that quarter, but that nothing short of a Constitution fully adequate to the national defense and the preservation of the Union, can save America from as many standing armies as it may be split into States or Confederacies, and from such a progressive augmentation, of these establishments in each, as will render them as burdensome to the properties and ominous to the liberties of the people, as any establishment that can become necessary, under a united and efficient government, must be tolerable to the former and safe to the latter.
Volumnia's pet little scream acquires a considerable augmentation of reality from this surprise, and the house is quickly in commotion.
In cases where the man of middle life, in his acquired strength of will and purpose, and the old, in their state of natural exhaustion, find incessant augmentation of their bitter sorrow, a young man, surprised by the sudden appearance of misfortune, weakens himself in sighs, and groans, and tears, directly struggling with his grief, and is thereby far sooner overthrown by the inflexible enemy with whom he is engaged.
We know what the wages were a hundred years ago, and what they were two hundred years ago; that's as far back as we can get, but it suffices to give us the law of progress, the measure and rate of the periodical augmentation; and so, without a document to help us, we can come pretty close to determining what the wages were three and four and five hundred years ago.
The essential condition for the existence, and for the sway of the bourgeois class, is the formation and augmentation of capital; the condition for capital is wage-labour.
My father, however, whose temper was neither tranquil nor cheerful by nature, often unduly vexed himself with thinking of the sacrifices his dear wife had made for him; and troubled his head with revolving endless schemes for the augmentation of his little fortune, for her sake and ours.