Meaning of augmentation in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːɡmɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • 1The action or process of making or becoming greater in size or amount.

    ‘the augmentation of the curriculum with new subjects’
    • ‘With expenditure likely to increase further, revenue augmentation may become a necessity to facilitate higher development expenditure.’
    • ‘In such a situation, the bladder is enlarged by a procedure called bladder augmentation that increases the bladder capacity and reduces the pressure.’
    • ‘If (a big ‘if’) we believe that augmentation of their profits will increase their incentives to engage in socially beneficial innovation, that's good.’
    • ‘Land revenue, despite its sluggish growth in the past, does hold tremendous promise for augmentation of the State's revenues if handled judiciously and with determination.’
    • ‘Other measures focus on early detection of cancers, augmentation of treatment facilities and establishment of equitable pain control and a palliative care network.’
    • ‘Internal intelligence collection should go fulltime to the police, who with minor augmentation can operate a fully fledged intelligence service with appropriate funding.’
    • ‘The breast augmentation was successful, and she says she feels much younger.’
    • ‘He adopted a holistic approach to augmentation of water resources.’
    • ‘All good federalists should oppose this judicial augmentation of Congress's powers.’
    • ‘The augmentation of the tourist facilities at Neyyar Dam has attracted many to the tourist spot located a little off the city.’
    • ‘A number of clients come for ear corrections and eye lid surgery, while augmentation is also popular.’
    • ‘Direct augmentation of human memory and mental processing through implanted connections to a computer will be just a natural extension of current trends.’
    • ‘An increasing number of women are choosing breast augmentation to enhance their appearance.’
    • ‘Since the 1960s it has been possible to perform soft tissue augmentation with a diversity of products.’
    • ‘The augmentation will be gradual and steady in order to avoid inflation.’
    • ‘Hand-pollinating the orchid has increased seed production, which allows for augmentation of existing populations and introduction of seed to start new populations.’
    • ‘The augmentation in diameter is what allows for increases in blood flow to your skeletal muscle.’
    • ‘Through this and future augmentations, we hope that the population levels increase to the point where the species can again sustain itself.’
    increase, expansion, augmentation, proliferation, multiplication, enlargement, amplification, mushrooming, snowballing, rise, escalation, build-up
    1. 1.1Music The lengthening of the time values of notes in a melodic part.
      ‘Still in place as well are my customary rhythms, based on added note values, on augmentation, on the absence of measured bars, offering a very simple but completely unconventional use of note-values and duration.’
      • ‘His interest in counterpoint is shown in a set of 120 canons, which use such techniques as augmentation, diminution, and retrograde motion.’
      • ‘At the climax of the movement, the row is heard in diminution in the highest register of the piano, while in the left hand the row is heard in augmentation in the very lowest register of the instrument.’
      • ‘After a long crescendo, the theme appears on the whole orchestra, fortissimo, in an augmentation, and gives way to a sort of Dance before the Ark.’
      • ‘Did Tallis know he would create this precise atmosphere when he started to plan all those inversions and augmentations?’
      • ‘In Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ, Reich then develops the piece by overlaying augmentations of the musical pattern - lengthening of the note values to create a subjective slowing-down.’
      expansion, increase, enlargement
    2. 1.2Heraldry count noun An addition to a coat of arms granted as a mark of special honour.
      • ‘Heraldic augmentations for gallant individuals are recorded as far back as the battle of Flodden in 1513.’
      supplement, appendage, adjunct, addendum, add-on, extra, accompaniment, extension, rider


Late Middle English from late Latin augmentatio(n-), from the verb augmentare (see augment).