Increase definition

ĭn-krēs
To become greater or larger.
verb
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An increasing or becoming increased.
  • Growth, enlargement, etc.
  • (archaic) Multiplication, as of offspring.
noun
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(obsolete) Reproduction and spread; propagation.
noun
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To become greater in numbers by producing offspring; multiply; propagate.
verb
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To cause to become greater in size, amount, degree, etc.; add to; augment.
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To become greater in size, amount, degree, etc.; grow.
verb
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To make greater or larger.
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To multiply; reproduce.
verb
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The act of increasing.

A steady increase in temperature.

noun
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The result or amount of an increasing.

A population increase of 10%

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To make (a quantity) larger.
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Increase is defined as to become bigger or greater.

An example of increase is someone getting a raise in their salary.

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(intransitive, of a quantity) To become larger.
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To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
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(astronomy) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax.

The Moon increases.

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An amount by which a quantity is increased.
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For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger.
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(knitting) The creation of one or more new stitches; see Increase (knitting).
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The amount or rate by which something is increased.

A tax increase of 15 percent.

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on the increase
  • Increasing, especially in frequency of occurrence:
    Crime is on the increase.
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on the increase
  • increasing
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
increase
Plural:
increases

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on the increase
on the increase

Origin of increase

  • Middle English encresen from Old French encreistre encreiss- from Latin incrēscere in- intensive pref. in–2 crēscere to grow ker-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman encreistre, from Old French, from Latin increscere (“increase”), present active infinitive of increscō, from in (“in, on”) + crescō (“grow”).

    From Wiktionary