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 Rocket science is challenging enough, but throw a pandemic into the mix and preparing for a national contest becomes increasingly difficult. Maya Mokh,, 10 June 2021 Amazon and other international companies have found that game increasingly difficult to play, however. New York Times, 7 June 2021 That has become increasingly difficult given the polarization in Congress, and a 50-50 split in the 100-member Senate where Vice President Kamala Harris is able to cast a tie-breaking vote. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2021 As such, enterprises are increasingly turning to digital signatures to mitigate the risks of sensitive data being intercepted. Jason Soroko, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Nevada officials have been increasingly turning to pop-up clinics in places like churches, schools and senior centers -- and now strip clubs -- to try to get more shots in arms. Michelle L. Price, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 With college admission tests like the SAT and ACT no longer required for the University of California and falling out of favor at some other colleges, admissions officers are increasingly turning to other benchmarks to evaluate applicants. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 People seeking to cross the border are increasingly turning to the sea as enforcement is heightened at land borders. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2021 In addition to changes among the private sector, policymakers are increasingly turning toward expanding government support for working caregivers. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 20 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Increasingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of increasingly

: more and more : to an increasing degree


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

Kids Definition of increasingly

: more and more The path became increasingly rough.


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