KJV Dictionary Definition: augment


AUGMENT', v.t. L. augmento, augmentum, from augeo, auxi, to increase; Gr. It seems to be the Eng. to wax, or to eke.

1. To increase; to enlarge in size or extent; to swell; to make bigger; as, to augment an army, by reinforcement; rain augments a stream.

2. To increase or swell the degree, amount or magnitude; as, impatience augments an evil.

AUGMENT', v.i. To increase; to grow larger; as, a stream augments by rain.


AUGMENT'ABLE, a. That may be increased; capable of augmentation.



1. The act of increasing, or making larger, by addition, expansion, or dilatation.

2. The state of being increased or enlarged.

3. The thing added by which a thing is enlarged.

4. In music, a doubling the value of the notes of the subject of a fugue or canon.

Augmentation Court, in England, a court erected by 27 Hen. VIII., to augment the revenues of the crown, by the suppression of monasteries. It was long ago dissolved.

In heraldry, augmentation consists in additional charges to a coat-armor, often as marks of honor, borne on the escutcheon or a canton.


AUGMENT'ATIVE, a. Having the quality or power of augmenting.


AUGMENT'ER, n. He that augments.


AUGMENT'ING, ppr. Increasing; enlarging.