| Definition -
(1) A form of a word or phrase that is used to convey greater size or intensity.
Note: In English this is done with prepositions and adverbs, whereas in other languages prefixes and suffixes are used. For example, you can say that you're going to eat the porridge or you can, with greater intensity, say that you're going to eat up the porridge.
(2) An affix that is used to convey greater intensity or size. For example, using the prefix uber to denote something or someone of higher excellence or greater power (e.g. uber-banker).
Note: Its opposite is the diminutive.
Etymology - The first citation for the word augment is from about 1400. It derives via Old French from the Latin augmentum, an increase.