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

Between 1988 and 2018, the cost of a four-year college degree increased by 213 percent at public schools and 129 percent at private schools. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 For starters, Lyst claims that in 2018, searches for sustainable fashion increased by 66%. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Lyst Releases 2018 Sustainability Report," 12 Mar. 2019 Canuso adds that even trimming the cuticles a tiny bit increases the risk that the technician may accidentally take off too much. Isadora Baum, SELF, "What All Runners Should Know Before Getting a Pedicure," 5 Mar. 2019 Online searching provides a simple way to explore possibilities, but active networking will increase your odds of getting hired. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "How an early retiree can get hired again," 20 Feb. 2019 My following increased by 90,000 in a week-and-a-half. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Influencer Diipa Khosla Wore 9 Different Looks for Her 4-Day Indian Wedding," 8 Feb. 2019 Musk also promised that once the ball was rolling on Model 3, production would increase exponentially. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 In both categories, performance increased by roughly 50-60 percent once Denuvo was removed. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Evidence continues to mount about how bad Denuvo is for PC gaming performance," 26 Dec. 2018 Researchers at the University of Texas have estimated that increasing data usability by 10% would boost annual revenue for Fortune 1000 companies by more than $2 billion. Angus Loten, WSJ, "AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data," 4 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And while no age group is seeing an increase in divorce rates, the decline has been pinned to Millennials, who have some trends working in their favor. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The U.S. Divorce Rate Is Going Down, and We Have Millennials to Thank," 27 Feb. 2019 That’s the largest single increase that the Monitoring the Future study has seen in its history, says Richard Miech, the survey’s principal investigator and a member of University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Teens are turning away from cigarettes and alcohol and toward vaping," 17 Dec. 2018 Or maybe the notoriety of lawyers correlates with the increase in crime—not street crime, which, despite appearances, has diminished over the past decade, but white collar crime. James Atlas, Town & Country, "The Year of the Celebrity Super Lawyer," 3 Dec. 2018 The increase in billion-dollar natural disasters has caused extensive damage to coastal real estate in the United States and strained the national flood insurance program. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Hurricane Michael: Real estate experts anticipate billions in storm damage," 10 Oct. 2018 National Diaper Bank This organization is comprised of more than 200 local diaper banks, and is seeing a massive increase in need during the shutdown. Donate here. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Help Federal Workers During the Government Shutdown," 25 Jan. 2019 Neither the fiscal stimulus nor the oil price increase is likely to be repeated. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Global Boom, Barely Begun, May Be Over," 23 Jan. 2019 As the options increase, how to separate the quality stuff from what’s really just snake oil? Laura Neilson, Vogue, "All the Best CBD Products Are Now Gathered in One Place," 23 Jan. 2019 And lastly, the company has strongly suggested that a price increase is on the way and some channels might be getting cut in an effort to help DirecTV Now reach profitability. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018

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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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increase

verb

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

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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