in·​creas·​ing·​ly | \ in-ˈkrē-siŋ-lē How to pronounce increasingly (audio) , ˈin-ˌkrē- \

Definition of increasingly

: to an increasing degree an increasingly dangerous situation

Examples of increasingly in a Sentence

People are becoming increasingly aware of this problem. Increasingly, scientists are questioning the data. The situation grew increasingly hopeless.
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Recent Examples on the Web Arizona has increasingly become the new epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., with 3,246 cases on Friday and a record number of ICU patients Thursday, accounting for 84 percent of the state’s capacity. Fox News, "Four states report record highs in coronavirus cases; Florida and Arizona hit hard," 20 June 2020 Tech companies are increasingly facing the invidious choice of which side of the divide to be on. The Economist, "Schumpeter Can Zoom be trusted with users’ secrets?," 20 June 2020 With phone screens growing increasingly crowded, Google is questioning whether the proliferation of apps is really necessary or convenient. TheWeek, "Google wants to declutter your phone screen," 20 June 2020 And she was increasingly dissatisfied with the limitations placed on her. oregonlive, "Participants offer inside look at employment department debacle," 20 June 2020 Big tanker operators say ship management has become increasingly challenging. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Maersk Tankers Changes Course in Volatile Oil Markets," 20 June 2020 Now, instead of focusing on calls to end the lockdowns, many of these groups are increasingly becoming hotbeds of conspiracy theories and misinformation for other issues, according to researchers who track their activities. Brian Fung, CNN, "Some Facebook groups created to protest lockdowns are now hotbeds for misinformation," 20 June 2020 The sides are increasingly dismayed with each other and appear headed to a spring training lockout in 2022. Ronald Blum,, "MLB tells players at most 60 games; 50 or fewer possible," 20 June 2020 Three-year-old thoroughbreds are notoriously fragile and its horsemen appear to be growing increasingly risk-averse as the industry adopts reforms to address the sport’s unflattering safety record. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Injuries to rivals help elevate Tiz the Law in diminished Belmont Stakes," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of increasingly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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24 Jun 2020

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“Increasingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of increasingly

: more and more : to an increasing degree


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: more and more The path became increasingly rough.

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