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increase

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

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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
  • Traffic delays increased because of the construction.
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increase, enlarge, augment, multiply mean to make or become greater. increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity
    • his waistline increased with age
; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition.
    • increased her landholdings
enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity.
    • enlarged the kitchen
augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed.
    • the inheritance augmented his fortune
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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