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 As cashless transactions grow, competition is also increasing. John Detrixhe, Quartz India, "Cashless payments are growing faster in India than just about anywhere else," 12 Nov. 2019 Over the past couple of decades, more and more Americans have said that, in their view, the U.S. should increase immigration. Aviva Rutkin, The Conversation, "DACA argued at the Supreme Court: 6 essential reads," 12 Nov. 2019 By contrast, the most destructive storms have increased by 3.3-fold. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A new paper concludes that hurricane damage is increasing," 12 Nov. 2019 Toll points to the success of Achievement First schools as reason for the state to increase its investment in them. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Charter schools say state is ‘starving’ them by providing less funding than traditional public schools," 11 Nov. 2019 This verdict will further increase people’s faith in judicial processes,’’ Modi tweeted. BostonGlobe.com, "Saturday’s verdict paves the way for building the temple in place of the demolished mosque.," 10 Nov. 2019 Humectants on the other hand attract and bind to water molecules and increase water content of the skin. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Derms Weigh In on Reddit’s Weirdest Skin Confessions," 8 Nov. 2019 Single-mindedly maximising scores for positive traits like intelligence or height may therefore increase the risk of genetic disorders. The Economist, "Modern genetics will improve health and usher in “designer” children," 7 Nov. 2019 But vigneron and co-owner François Morissette’s low-intervention vineyards make up just one element of a regenerative agriculture ecosystem aimed at increasing biodiversity, both for all-important soil health and sheer idealism. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other increases in home sales: Waukesha County, to 521 from 516, or 1%; Washington County, to 185 from 175, or 5.7%; and Ozaukee County, to 134 from 108, or 24.1%. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "October home sales jump 7.9% in metro Milwaukee," 12 Nov. 2019 Among the tobacco smokers, this increase was blunted. Time, "Vaping May Be Worse for Heart Health Than Tobacco Cigarettes, New Study Finds," 11 Nov. 2019 Political contributions, for example, might increase as some try to roll back the tax increases. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Warren Would Take Billionaires Down a Few Billion Pegs," 10 Nov. 2019 The 2018–19 expenditure report included an approximate £20 million (around $25 million) increase, which according to the Express is due to the extension renovations at Buckingham Palace. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Royal Family Makes a Lot More Money Than You Think," 9 Nov. 2019 The main impact of this increase, ironically, was to make suburban district seats available through open enrollment. Matthew Ladner, National Review, "Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow," 8 Nov. 2019 Third-quarter revenue rose 3 percent to $2.68 billion and was driven by an increase in the U.S., including a gain of 3 percent in U.S. advertising revenue. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Discovery Eyeing Streaming Service Aggregating "All of Our Content in the U.S.," CEO Says," 7 Nov. 2019 This exponential increase in information illustrates why quantum computers have such an advantage—in theory. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Quantum Computer Made from Photons Achieves a New Record," 6 Nov. 2019 Over the following months, champions' community involvement increases, taking the form of work, classroom education or career certifications. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'I had to do better': How mentorship is reducing recidivism, boosting confidence and changing the lives of Indy youths," 31 Oct. 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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15 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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