increase

verb
in·crease | \ in-ˈkrēs , ˈin-ˌkrēs \
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 , in-ˈkrēs \

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, 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

An ‘unwilling hero’ Since PiS took power in 2015, the conservative party has waged a campaign to centralize power and increase control of the judiciary, with significant results. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 Some users might notice a burning sensation, increased redness, and itching. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "A Guide to Megan Markle’s Favorite Anti-Acne Oil," 13 July 2018 Following Trump’s press conference, French President Emmanuel Macron denied that NATO members had agreed to increase their defense spending past 2 percent. Tessa Berenson/brussels, Time, "'NATO Is Much Stronger Now': Trump Claims Victory After Contentious Summit," 12 July 2018 The new law increased the incentive for municipalities to off-load old utility systems at elevated prices. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "Pa. approves Aqua's contentious $75M sewer system acquisition," 12 July 2018 Some nights, the crowds at Pompano Park increased the city’s estimated population by a fourth. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida's last harness racing track revels in decades of memories," 12 July 2018 Last year, property values increased an average of 13 percent in the county, before commissioners voted to freeze them at 2016 levels. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Property taxes expected to rise in Fulton County and cities," 11 July 2018 Mattis praised Germany's plan to increase defense spending to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2025, a mark still well below the alliance's 2 percent goal. Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle," 10 July 2018 The first measure, instituted last month by Municipal Court, increased the fine for selling tobacco to minors. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Students next year will see a tuition increase to help the school repay that loan, Boonstra said. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "New Illiana Christian High School set to open in August," 13 July 2018 After President Trump won the 2016 election, Nextdoor saw an increase in disputes about national politics. New York Times, "Nextdoor Is Betting a Social Network Can Still Be a Platform for Politics," 13 July 2018 Our state has seen significant increases in vehicle traffic crashes, fatalities and bodily injury. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Driving in Atlanta is painful — but it’s far from the worst," 11 July 2018 Almost half of the officers are being sent to the Northeastern District, where shootings are up since last year, and the Central District, which has seen an increase in homicides. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police assign 115 extra officers to patrol the streets in hopes of curbing overtime spending, crime," 11 July 2018 Sweden, which used Pandemrix, saw a sharp increase in narcolepsy cases. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A stubborn medical mystery: Was pandemic flu vaccine tied to an increase in narcolepsy cases?," 5 July 2018 Illinois saw a significant increase in revenues after those companies began collecting the tax, said Rachel Mayer, director of finance for the city of Naperville. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville could gain $350,000 annually from Supreme Court decision on out-of-state use tax," 30 June 2018 Kansas City improved its accessibility more than Charlotte, N.C. (which saw an 11 percent increase), Austin, Texas (10 percent) and San Francisco (9 percent). Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Study: KC's job accessibility by transit growing faster than in San Francisco, Austin," 29 June 2018 Sweden has seen a recent increase in violent crime, including a spate of attacks with shotguns and hand grenades. The Economist, "Confusion over immigration and crime is roiling European politics," 28 June 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 \
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 \

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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