increase[in krēs′, in′krēs′; for n. in′krēs′, in krēs′]
- Increase is defined as to become bigger or greater.
An example of increase is someone getting a raise in their salary.
intransitive verbincreased, increasing
- to become greater in size, amount, degree, etc.; grow
- to become greater in numbers by producing offspring; multiply; propagate
Origin of increaseMiddle English encresen ; from Old French encreistre ; from Classical Latin increscere ; from in-, in, on + crescere, to grow: see crescent
- an increasing or becoming increased; specif.,
- growth, enlargement, etc.
- Archaic multiplication, as of offspring
- the result or amount of an increasing: a population increase of 10%
Origin of increaseME encrese
on the increase
verbin·creased, in·creas·ing, in·creas·es
- To become greater or larger.
- To multiply; reproduce.
- The act of increasing: a steady increase in temperature.
- The amount or rate by which something is increased: a tax increase of 15 percent.
- Obsolete Reproduction and spread; propagation.
Origin of increaseMiddle English encresen, from Old French encreistre, encreiss-, from Latin incrēscere : in-, intensive pref.; see in–2 + crēscere, to grow; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present increases, present participle increasing, simple past and past participle increased)
- An amount by which a quantity is increased.
- For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger
- (knitting) The creation of one or more new stitches; see Increase (knitting).