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increase

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verb in·crease \in-ˈkrēs, ˈin-ˌ\

Simple Definition of increase

  • : to become larger or greater in size, amount, number, etc.

  • : to make (something) larger or greater in size, amount, number, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of increase

increased

increasing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become progressively greater (as in size, amount, number, or intensity)

  3. 2 :  to multiply by the production of young

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make greater :  augment

  6. 2 obsolete :  enrich

increasable

play \-ˈkrē-sə-bəl, -ˌkrē-\ adjective

increaser

noun

Examples of increase in a sentence

  1. The house increased in value.

  2. She increased her wealth substantially.



Origin and Etymology of increase

Middle English encresen, from Anglo-French encreistre, from Latin increscere, from in- + crescere to grow — more at crescent


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of increase

increase, enlarge, augment, multiply mean to make or become greater. increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity <his waistline increased with age>; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition <increased her landholdings>. enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity <enlarged the kitchen>. augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed <the inheritance augmented his fortune>. multiply implies increase in number by natural generation or by indefinite repetition of a process <with each attempt the problems multiplied>.

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increase

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noun in·crease \ˈin-ˌkrēs, in-ˈ\

Simple Definition of increase

  • : the act of becoming larger or of making something larger or greater in size, amount, number, etc.

  • : the amount by which something is made larger or greater

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of increase

  1. 1 :  the act or process of increasing: as a :  addition or enlargement in size, extent, or quantity b obsolete :  propagation

  2. 2 :  something that is added to an original stock or amount by augmentation or growth (as offspring, produce, profit)

on the increase

  1. :  becoming greater (as in size, number, or amount) :  increasing <crime is on the increase>

Examples of increase in a sentence

  1. an increase in life expectancy

  2. The employees expect some increase in wages.

  3. The construction will probably cause some increase in traffic delays.

  4. The report showed increases of between 20 and 30 percent.

  5. an increase of three dollars



14th Century

First Known Use of increase

14th century


INCREASE Defined for Kids

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increase

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verb in·crease \in-ˈkrēs\

Definition of increase for Students

increased

increasing

  1. :  to make or become greater <Skill increases with practice.>



Word Root of increase

The Latin word crēscere, meaning “to grow,” gives us the root cresc or cre. Words from the Latin crēscere have something to do with growing. To increase is to grow greater in size or amount. To decrease is to grow smaller in size or amount. A crescendo in music is when the volume slowly grows louder.


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increase

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noun in·crease \ˈin-ˌkrēs\

Definition of increase for Students

  1. :  an addition or enlargement in size, extent, or quantity <He received a pay increase.>





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