in·​cre·​ment | \ ˈiŋ-krə-mənt How to pronounce increment (audio) , ˈin- \

Definition of increment

1 : the amount or degree by which something changes especially : the amount of positive or negative change in the value of one or more of a set of variables
2a : one of a series of regular consecutive additions
b : a minute increase in quantity
c : something gained or added
3 : the action or process of increasing especially in quantity or value : enlargement

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Increment is used in many technical fields, but also nontechnically. Incremental increases in drug dosages are used for experimental purposes. Incremental tax increases are easier to swallow than sudden large increases. Incremental changes of any kind may be hard to notice, but can be very significant in the long run. Rome wasn't built in a day, but was instead built up by increments from a couple of villages in the 10th century B.C. to the capital of the Mediterranean world in the 1st century A.D.

Examples of increment in a Sentence

They increased the dosage of the drug in small increments over a period of several weeks. Fines increase in increments of $10. The volume is adjustable in 10 equal increments.
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Recent Examples on the Web It was centered on a tool called tax increment financing. Haru Coryne, ProPublica, "Disinvested: How Government and Private Industry Let the Main Street of a Black Neighborhood Crumble," 11 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, the first round of bonds, approved in December, have yet to be sold to finance the elaborate tax increment financing deal first approved by Baltimore officials in 2016. Hallie Miller,, "With Port Covington project in Baltimore stalled, potential tenants reaffirm commitment to ‘Cyber Town USA’," 6 Nov. 2020 McAndrews said, noting that the development has also been approved for $5.74 million in tax increment financing by the city. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "Homearama homeowners face $10,000-a-year special assessment," 3 Nov. 2020 The project will make use of Brownfield tax-increment financing worth $1.56 million, which would reimburse Archer and his development partners over 14 years from future tax revenue generated by the store. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "New small-format Meijer to open on East Jefferson in Detroit in 2021," 29 Oct. 2020 The City Council, acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize the creation of a tax-increment financing (TIF) district on the 34.4-acre parcel at Snelling and University avenues. Emma Nelson, Star Tribune, "St. Paul tees up tax incentives for development around Allianz Field," 28 Oct. 2020 States must apply for a three-week increment of funding then reapply for the program each week thereafter until funding runs out. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana applies for Trump jobless aid, but won't offer extra state payout," 19 Aug. 2020 Tax-increment financing diverts future property tax revenue to a public improvement or economic development project. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "Candidates for City Council in south and west Phoenix's District 7 discuss ideas for affordable housing," 22 Oct. 2020 Lightfoot plans to dip into the tax increment financing surplus, collecting $76 million. Shruti Singh,, "Chicago’s $12.8 Billion Budget Plan Raises Taxes, Cuts Jobs," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of increment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for increment

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin incrementum, from increscere to increase

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The first known use of increment was in the 15th century

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Increment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of increment

: a usually small amount or degree by which something is made larger or greater


in·​cre·​ment | \ ˈiŋ-krə-mənt, ˈin- How to pronounce increment (audio) \

Medical Definition of increment

1a : something gained or added the most common form of leukocytosis is that in which the increment is in the neutrophilic leukocytes— W. A. D. Anderson
b : one of a series of regular consecutive additions (as of growth or spread of disease)
2 : the amount or degree by which something changes especially : the amount of positive or negative change in the value of one or more of a set of variables

Other Words from increment

incremental \ ˌiŋ-​krə-​ˈment-​ᵊl, ˌin-​ How to pronounce incremental (audio) \ adjective
incrementally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce incrementally (audio) \ adverb

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