verb in·crease \in-ˈkrēs, ˈin-ˌ\

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

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


Full Definition of INCREASE

intransitive verb
:  to become progressively greater (as in size, amount, number, or intensity)
:  to multiply by the production of young
transitive verb
:  to make greater :  augment
obsolete :  enrich
in·creas·able \-ˈkrē-sə-bəl, -ˌkrē-\ adjective
in·creas·er noun

Examples of INCREASE

  1. The house increased in value.
  2. She increased her wealth substantially.

Origin 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>.


noun in·crease \ˈin-ˌkrēs, in-ˈ\

: 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

Full Definition of INCREASE

:  the act or process of increasing: as
a :  addition or enlargement in size, extent, or quantity
b obsolete :  propagation
:  something that is added to an original stock or amount by augmentation or growth (as offspring, produce, profit)
on the increase
:  becoming greater (as in size, number, or amount) :  increasing <crime is on the increase>

Examples of INCREASE

  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

First Known Use of INCREASE

14th century
ON THE INCREASE Defined for Kids


verb in·crease \in-ˈkrēs\

Definition of INCREASE for Kids

:  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.


noun in·crease \ˈin-ˌkrēs\

Definition of INCREASE for Kids

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


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