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 The University will use this application cycle and the next two cycles to study whether the policies influence student success rates and increase access to talented students who otherwise face barriers associated with the tests. Rick Green, courant.com, "In midst of COVID-19 pandemic, UConn attracts record 38,000 applications for the fall of 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 David Lloyd, national policy adviser for The Kennedy Forum, a behavioral health nonprofit, emphasized that expanding Medicaid would increase access to treatment. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Mental health experts say more funding is needed to address pandemic-related stresses," 24 Feb. 2021 The proposals aim to increase access to health care and reduce costs for patients, said House Speaker Jason Wentworth, R-Farwell. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan House unveils bipartisan health care plan aimed at cutting costs, boosting access," 24 Feb. 2021 As Republicans advocated for restrictions on voting to prevent fraud, Hidalgo found creative ways to increase access. Washington Post, "‘Where is Greg Abbott?’ Anger grows at Texas governor in deadly storm’s wake," 21 Feb. 2021 The effort was intended to increase vaccine access to nearby community members, who are largely Latino and Black, and included door-to-door outreach and a shuttle from the nearby Ramona Gardens public housing apartments, USC said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County coronavirus numbers continue to drop as more cases of U.K. variant are reported," 20 Feb. 2021 Equally critical is the agenda making adequate advances to reform the criminal justice system, address livable wages and the wealth gap and increase access to higher education without crippling student debt. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "Black Women Helped Put President Biden in Office — Here's What We Want in Return," 19 Feb. 2021 In Iowa, where state election officials have partnered with disability rights organizations to increase voting access, the state sent absentee ballot request forms to all voters ahead of its primary last June. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Mail Voting Boosted Turn Out for Voters With Disabilities. Will Lawmakers Let It Continue?," 18 Feb. 2021 Higher education is also part of the debate, with the University of California dropping the SAT and ACT standardized test requirements this year to increase access. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Debate about elitism at S.F.'s Lowell High School reflects broader fight over merit-based admissions," 2 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The nonprofit National Safety Council estimates in a report issued Thursday that 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8% increase over 2019 and the first jump in four years. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "US traffic deaths spike even as pandemic cuts miles traveled," 4 Mar. 2021 The nonprofit National Safety Council estimates in a report issued Thursday that 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8% increase over 2019 and the first jump in four years. Tom Krisher, chicagotribune.com, "US traffic deaths spike even as pandemic cuts miles traveled: ‘It’s kind of terrifying what were seeing on our roads’," 4 Mar. 2021 The nonprofit National Safety Council estimates in a report issued Thursday that 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8% increase over 2019 and the first jump in four years. Tom Krisher, Anchorage Daily News, "US traffic deaths spike even as pandemic cuts miles traveled," 4 Mar. 2021 The exact total, 42,060, is the most people to have died in traffic accidents since 2007, representing an 8% increase from the previous year, even though people were driving less frequently. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "US traffic deaths spike despite pandemic keeping people home," 4 Mar. 2021 In fact, its online channel had 3.4 million new customers, a 145% increase over the prior year, which also made 40% of its total sales mix. Trefis Team, Forbes, "How Will Q4 Results Impact Gap’s Stock?," 4 Mar. 2021 Seven states and the District of Columbia saw more than a 15% increase in the estimated number of deaths last year -- this includes Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont. Amanda Maile, ABC News, "Motor vehicle deaths up in 2020, despite fewer people on roads amid pandemic, NSC says," 4 Mar. 2021 Since October, the start of the government’s budget year, agents there have made more than 13,700 arrests, a roughly 86% increase from the same period a year ago. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "California Crash SUV Carried Migrants Smuggled Through Border Fence," 3 Mar. 2021 Texas will have 11,822 Web development positions in 2028, an almost 20% increase from the 9,780 jobs in 2018, the Texas Workforce Commission projects. Dallas News, "Could growing tech industry benefit from workers suddenly unemployed during the pandemic?," 2 Mar. 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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The first known use of increase was in the 14th century

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“Increase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/increase. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for increase

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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