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

But increasing demands from the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives may be inspiring the President to finally set some reasonable limits. James Freeman, WSJ, "Make Washington Small Again," 12 Apr. 2019 At the same time, the past decade has seen incredible strides in the world of weddings: The number of gay marriages has been increasing every year, and interfaith marriages are on the rise. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Will 2020 Be the Year the Bridal Market Finally Gets Modern?," 9 Apr. 2019 If this interview leads to it being increased to $500,000, that would be amazing. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Deana Haggag on Giving Artists $50,000 Without Expecting Anything in Return," 9 Apr. 2019 Ellen DeGeneres helped discover the musician back in 2010, and Greyson has been releasing music and increasing his stardom ever since. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "6 Facts About Singer-Songwriter Greyson Chance That Will Make You Love Him Even More," 3 Apr. 2019 Javier Zarracina These larger turbines are better able to capture wind in less gusty areas, increasing the capacity factor. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site. Vogue, "Celebrity Manicurist Deborah Lippmann on Beauty, Aging, and the Product That Changed her Relationship With her Hands," 1 Apr. 2019 In that case, Lee and Chang recommend starting off three to four times per week (post-cleanser, pre-moisturizer, and always under SPF during the day), then slowly increasing the frequency. Glamour, "I Put Glow Recipe's New Pineapple-C Serum to the Test," 31 Mar. 2019 Over the years sundry government reports have detailed how California’s environmental regulation has limited tree trimming and increased wildfire risk, only to have the reports discarded on the political ash heap amid opposition from the left. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Gavin Newsom’s Fire Alarm," 24 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With her declaration came a chorus of single mothers who had also experienced an unexpected increase in their annual taxes. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "Single Moms Are Facing Unforeseen Tax Hikes Under Trump's New Plan," 16 Apr. 2019 Fed officials cut their forecast for rate increases this year from two to none. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Leading finance officials acknowledge global slowdown," 12 Apr. 2019 This also prevents an increase in luteinizing hormone (LH), which typically surges around day 14 of your menstrual cycle to cause ovulation. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Here's How Emergency Contraception Actually Works," 1 Apr. 2019 In today’s tumultuous climate — in which our public spaces are saturated with divisive rhetoric and an ominous increase in hate crimes, and in which even our houses of worship are made to feel unsafe — women’s mosques forge a new path. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "On Muslim Women's Day, Women-Only Mosques Are About Much More Than Prayer," 27 Mar. 2019 Whereas back in December the median projection among the central banks’ policy makers called for two rate increases this year, now they... Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Collapsing Yields Could Head Even Lower," 22 Mar. 2019 That's an increase in pricing over the original's $450, but also a considerable upgrade. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 The gen2 car is a good deal faster than the old machine, thanks to an increase in the allowed power output. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 So when a hybrid comes along that can pass for not one but two breeds, the chance for a deadly mistake increases. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Turning Pufferfish into Mutant Hybrids," 11 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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