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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These policy changes come as e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among younger populations. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fewer people are smoking cigarettes, so state tax revenue is down. Now, Wisconsin will tax e-cigs.," 12 July 2019 About half the teachers brought their own handguns to the shooting range and many who attended the sessions -- which have become increasingly popular and now has a waitlist to attend -- felt reassured by the training. Fox News, "Utah teachers attend firearms drills to prepare for active shooters," 6 July 2019 Affordable as well as market-rate housing is getting increasingly difficult to build. Melia Russell,, "Google wants to build 20,000 homes. It may need more than $14 trillion," 1 July 2019 Plowing through a whole bottle of wine isn’t everyone’s idea of the perfect Tuesday night, which is why options to preserve open bottles for future consumption have become increasingly popular. Wired Staff, WIRED, "From Cameras to Kayaks, All the Stuff We Loved This Month," 30 June 2019 Grohovena said it’s becoming increasingly difficult to fill officiating spots for lower-level football games, and having a sixth-man alternate official for a five-man varsity crew has become a thing of the past. Dan Shalin,, "Refs wanted: Free IACO clinics aim to train new football officials," 28 June 2019 But both events signal that these employee pressures are becoming increasingly difficult for companies to navigate. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Limits of Employee Activism: CEO Daily," 27 June 2019 In recent years the light-rail cars have become increasingly more popular — and more crowded — especially during rush hour, according to DART officials. Emma Ruby, Dallas News, "$60 million federal grant will help DART extend platforms, ease crowding on Red and Blue lines," 27 June 2019 Digital payment systems in developing countries, such as the M-Pesa, are increasingly popular targets for hackers and cyber-thieves. Nir Kshetri, Quartz India, "Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra, could be a boon for developing nations like India," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of increasingly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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) \

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: more and more The path became increasingly rough.

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