Synonyms & Antonyms of increase

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to make greater in size, amount, or number
  • we have to increase the number of season-ticket holders if the local sports franchise is to survive

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2 to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number
  • the number of Internet users increased exponentially during the 1990s

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Synonyms & Antonyms of increase (Entry 2 of 2)

1 something added (as by growth)
  • shortly after he turned 12, he had a sudden height increase

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How does the verb increase contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of increase are augment, enlarge, and multiply. While all these words mean "to make or become greater," increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition.

his waistline increased with age

increased her landholdings

When would augment be a good substitute for increase?

The words augment and increase are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed.

the inheritance augmented his fortune

In what contexts can enlarge take the place of increase?

While in some cases nearly identical to increase, enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity.

enlarged the kitchen

Where would multiply be a reasonable alternative to increase?

The words multiply and increase can be used in similar contexts, but 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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The first known use of increase was in the 14th century

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“Increase.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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