in·​creased | \ in-ˈkrēst How to pronounce increased (audio) , ˈin-ˌkrēst\

Definition of increased

: made or become greater : augmented at increased risk for heart disease

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Synonyms & Antonyms for increased


elevated, escalated, heightened, high, jacked (up), raised, up


down, low

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Examples of increased in a Sentence

an increased concentration of sugar in the bloodstream

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The British pound, seen as a Brexit barometer in financial markets, has rallied against the dollar in recent days on the increased likelihood that the U.K.’s departure from the EU could be delayed. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "May’s Brexit Deal Faces Likely Defeat as Deadline Nears," 14 Jan. 2019 Or, that swelling could even be coming from an increased blood flow to your gums, making your lips look bigger as a result, Melissa Goist, M.D., an ob-gyn at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "Khloé Kardashian Wants People to Know That She Had 'Pregnancy Lips' During 'KUWTK' Filming," 8 Aug. 2018 For instance, after the Chernobyl meltdown wines in France recorded an increased level of radiation, and a similar thing seems to have happened in California. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Traces of the Fukushima Meltdown Can Be Found in California Wines," 21 July 2018 The unmarried also had a 43 percent increased likelihood of coronary heart disease death and a 55 percent increased risk for death from stroke. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Marriage May Be Good for Your Heart," 29 June 2018 And the increased flow of communication and information between front offices and field managers also means that canning a manager in the middle of the season is probably a bigger pain in the butt than ever before. Ted Berg, For The Win, "FTW Explains: Why in-season MLB manager firings like the Reds' are increasingly rare," 19 Apr. 2018 The increased blood flow to the affected areas is thought to stimulate healing and muscle relaxation. Nate Newman, Smithsonian, "When Treating Sports Injuries, Does the West Do It Best?," 9 Feb. 2018 People are getting hurt and having their bodies wear out because of the stress from increased productivity demands. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Muslim Amazon workers say they don’t have enough time to pray. Now they’re fighting for their rights.," 14 Dec. 2018 Finally, adding a molecular filter (like an H-filter) could also help the superheroes cope with the increased oxygen demands. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Insect-inspired microfluidics could help Ant-Man and the Wasp breathe," 18 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of increased

1540, in the meaning defined above

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