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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Augment, Agment, v. Also: ogment. [Late ME. augment (e.m.E. also agg-), OF. augmenter, L. augmentāre.]

1. tr. To make greater; to enlarge.(a) 1560 Rolland Seven S. 329/11 (this suld the same eik and augment). 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 32 (to augment thair factioun). 1582 Lynd. Wks. Title-p. (augmentit with sindrie warkis not befoir imprentit). a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxviii. 47 (the nicht augmentis my woe).(b) c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1329 (tyll agment his afflictioun). a1570-86 Maitl. F. xxxiv. 44 (for to agment thair fame). a1578 Pitsc. II. 74/16 (the quhilk frome day to day is agmentit). 1596 Dalr. II. 11/5 (France agmentis the old conditiounis with this article).(c) c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxxv. 17.
My pansing dois ogment my pane

2. To add, give in addition.a1578 Pitsc. I. 135/8 (all the dominiouns quhilkis our predecessouris did agment thairto). 1582 Lynd. Wks. Title-p. (quhat warkis ar augmentit). 1622-6 Bisset I. 278 (quhairin suld be agmentit the byrun malles); II. 387/27 (thair wes augmented ane dowbled treasant with contrarie lyllies).

3. intr. To increase, grow greater.a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxviii. 78 (my soir torment dois moir augment).

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