increase

verb
in·​crease | \ in-ˈkrēs How to pronounce increase (audio) , ˈin-ˌkrēs How to pronounce increase (audio) \
increased; increasing

Definition of increase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to become progressively greater (as in size, amount, number, or intensity)
2 : to multiply by the production of young

transitive verb

1 : to make greater : augment
2 obsolete : enrich

increase

noun
in·​crease | \ ˈin-ˌkrēs How to pronounce increase (audio) , in-ˈkrēs How to pronounce increase (audio) \

Definition of increase (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from increase

Verb

increasable \ in-​ˈkrē-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce increasable (audio) , ˈin-​ˌkrē-​ \ adjective
increaser noun

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Verb

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

Examples of increase in a Sentence

Verb The house increased in value. She increased her wealth substantially. Noun an increase in life expectancy The employees expect some increase in wages. The construction will probably cause some increase in traffic delays. The report showed increases of between 20 and 30 percent. an increase of three dollars
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Boris Johnson’s administration has ramped up both its rhetoric and preparations for that outcome – but its majority in parliament is looking increasing doubtful and an early election thus more likely. Washington Post, "Pound Slide More About Brexit Than the Economy," 18 Sep. 2019 And many guns now have a secondary fire option, greatly increasing the level of personal tuning by offering new pros and cons. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad," 17 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, 2016 research by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans shows that financial stress at work carries far-reaching costs, including lower productivity, increased absences, turnover, and more health care claims. Dan Rosensweig, Fortune, "There Are Concrete Ways Businesses Can Help Lower Student Debt," 17 Sep. 2019 Warming temperatures, increased fire danger and a shrinking snowpack in the Sierra were all issues mentioned last year in the league’s State of Redwoods Conservation Report. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Biggest private sequoia grove to be preserved in deal with Redwoods League," 17 Sep. 2019 The depression was churning to the northwest at a decent clip of 12 mph but was expected to step on the gas and increase its forward speed over the next few days. Brett Clarkson, sun-sentinel.com, "A new tropical depression has formed and the cone comes scarily close to the Bahamas.," 17 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, staffers in Garcetti’s office worked with the developers on redesigning the project, increasing its height and adding hundreds of homes. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, "A project could bring South L.A. hundreds of new homes. But critics fear rising rents," 17 Sep. 2019 For example, the Harvard School of Public Health points out that the climate crisis is increasing children’s risk for developing pulmonary conditions, obesity, and heart disease. Nylah Burton, Essence, "Isra Hirsi Wants You To Join The Climate Strike On September 20," 17 Sep. 2019 Oil company stocks rose, with shares of Exxon and Chevron each climbing nearly 1.5% and BP's stock increasing 3.7%. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "U.S. gas prices expected to rise after Saudi Arabia attack," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Although the industry posted its seventh straight year of improved US sales in 2016, an industry record, the increase was only 0.4%. Chris Isidore, CNN, "The GM strike was inevitable. How it will end isn't so clear," 17 Sep. 2019 The increase was greater among kids who are not citizens. BostonGlobe.com, "The report showed that a drop in low-income people enrolled in Medicaid was the most significant factor behind the higher number of uninsured people.," 16 Sep. 2019 The average increase for individual coverage sought by Anthem Health Plans Inc. was 15.2 percent. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Connecticut insurance commissioner scales back health insurers’ 2020 rate increase requests," 13 Sep. 2019 Asset purchases will continue until the first rate increase is at hand. The Economist, "The ECB cuts interest rates and restarts quantitative easing," 12 Sep. 2019 Another likely contributing factor is the increase in the number of jobs that require a state-specific occupational license. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "Every state recession since 2007 and why they matter," 11 Sep. 2019 The driving force behind the closure, Loftin said, is the increase in Medicare patients the practice has seen over the years. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: A meadery opens in Anchorage, and Nordstrom will close for good Friday," 7 Sep. 2019 The biggest increase in training flights is at the Coupeville airstrip, which is located in a rural area south of Oak Harbor. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Feds give new scrutiny to clash between Whidbey Island Navy jets and endangered seabirds," 7 Sep. 2019 More people got sent home, but the increase was small; around the same time, authorities reported more alleged crimes by people on release pending trial. Wired, "Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of increase

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for increase

Verb

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

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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of increase was in the 14th century

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increase

verb
How to pronounce increase (audio) How to pronounce increase (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of increase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

increase

noun
How to pronounce increase (audio) How to pronounce increase (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of increase (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

increase

verb
in·​crease | \ in-ˈkrēs How to pronounce increase (audio) \
increased; increasing

Kids Definition of increase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or become greater Skill increases with practice.

increase

noun
in·​crease | \ ˈin-ˌkrēs How to pronounce increase (audio) \

Kids Definition of increase (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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