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 increase (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 Michigan State Police will increase its visible and unseen presence at the Capitol for the next couple weeks, spokeswoman Shanon Banner said in an email Monday. Anna Liz Nichols, ajc, "Michigan bans open carry of guns inside state Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 With Rose missing Sunday's game, Jackson saw his role increase slightly. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons get 'spark' from Frank Jackson with banged-up guard corps," 11 Jan. 2021 The San Francisco Democrat said widespread evictions could increase deaths during the most dangerous phase of the pandemic. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California legislators will return to flurry of major pandemic response votes," 10 Jan. 2021 In part, that would cover 25 new positions, which legislative analysts noted will increase the size of the office by nearly one third. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers reluctantly make $17 million downpayment on wildfire preparedness," 9 Jan. 2021 The study said the surge in births will probably increase maternal deaths and deepen the Philippines’ crisis with teenage pregnancies, which the government labeled a national social emergency in 2019. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "The pandemic is fueling a baby boom in the Philippines. For some, that’s bad news," 6 Jan. 2021 Pickups, as has been the case for most of the year, were a bright spot for GM; Silverado pickups saw annual sales increase 3.2 percent and Sierra pickups by 8.9 percent. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "New Car Sales See Mixed Finish in December after Tumultuous Year," 5 Jan. 2021 Treating heart attack and stroke patients at the scene instead of on the way to the hospitals can increase chances of survival, Gausche-Hill said. CBS News, "L.A. EMS workers told not to transport patients who likely won't survive to hospitals," 5 Jan. 2021 The shift means aircraft fly in more concentrated paths, which can increase noise in some communities, the report noted. Washington Post, "GAO study examines impact of long-distance flight limits at National Airport," 4 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The news of the Harris County jail reaching capacity comes after a rapid increase in crime in the Greater Houston area. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Ed Gonzalez worried about overpopulated jails as COVID-19 cases rise," 12 Jan. 2021 The state saw a sharp increase in virus hospitalizations in mid-November, raising concerns about bed space and burnout among hospital workers. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Back in class, late-night shots, library hero: News from around our 50 states," 12 Jan. 2021 Bonds for new projects reached $252 billion last year, according to Refinitiv, a small increase from the previous year. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Covid-19 Pandemic Drives Municipal Borrowing to 10-Year High," 12 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, Verrett likely earned a significant salary increase after signing a one-year, $910,000 deal in April. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "From backup roles to big money? 49ers’ Jason Verrett, Kerry Hyder could finally cash in," 11 Jan. 2021 But research found those events did not actually lead to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, likely because the protestors took precautions, such as wearing face masks, using hand sanitizer, and getting a coronavirus test shortly afterward. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Lawmakers and Staff Warned of Possible COVID-19 Exposure After the Capitol Riot," 11 Jan. 2021 Cockrill notes a substantial increase in federal funding for research into the disease that was recently signed into law. Werner Trieschmann, Arkansas Online, "Alarm for Alzheimer's needs to sound in state, across U.S.," 10 Jan. 2021 The most recent federal Point-in-Time count of the homeless, conducted in January 2020, showed a 45 percent increase in those 24 and younger living on San Antonio streets, from 128 in 2019 to 185 in 2020. Liz Hardaway, ExpressNews.com, "‘Used to chaos’ — Young San Antonio homeless need extra help to become self-sufficient," 10 Jan. 2021 In 2021, the basic Part B premium will be $148.50, a $3.90 increase from the 2020 rate. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Changes for the new year: Here’s your Social Security update for 2021," 10 Jan. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for increase

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

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Increase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/increase. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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