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increase

verb in·crease \ in-ˈkrēs , ˈin-ˌkrēs \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of increase

increased; increasing
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

increasable

play \in-ˈkrē-sə-bəl, ˈin-ˌkrē-\ adjective

increaser

noun

Examples of increase in a Sentence

  1. The house increased in value.

  2. She increased her wealth substantially.

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Origin and Etymology of increase

Middle English encresen, from Anglo-French encreistre, from Latin increscere, from in- + crescere to grow — more at crescent

Synonym Discussion of increase

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

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increase

noun in·crease \ ˈin-ˌkrēs , in-ˈkrēs \

Definition of increase

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

Examples of increase in a Sentence

  1. an increase in life expectancy

  2. The employees expect some increase in wages.

  3. The construction will probably cause some increase in traffic delays.

  4. The report showed increases of between 20 and 30 percent.

  5. an increase of three dollars

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First Known Use of increase

14th century


INCREASE Defined for English Language Learners

increase

verb

Definition of increase for English Language Learners

  • : to become larger or greater in size, amount, number, etc.

  • : to make (something) larger or greater in size, amount, number, etc.


increase

noun

Definition of increase for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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increase

verb in·crease \ in-ˈkrēs \

Definition of increase for Students

increased; increasing
: to make or become greater
  • Skill increases with practice.

Word Root of increase

The Latin word crēscere, meaning “to grow,” gives us the root cresc or cre. Words from the Latin crēscere have something to do with growing. To increase is to grow greater in size or amount. To decrease is to grow smaller in size or amount. A crescendo in music is when the volume slowly grows louder.


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increase

noun in·crease \ ˈin-ˌkrēs \

Definition of increase for Students

: an addition or enlargement in size, extent, or quantity
  • He received a pay increase.


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