in·​creas·​ing·​ly in-ˈkrē-siŋ-lē How to pronounce increasingly (audio)
: to an increasing degree
an increasingly dangerous situation

Example Sentences

People are becoming increasingly aware of this problem. Increasingly, scientists are questioning the data. The situation grew increasingly hopeless.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of increasingly was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Increasingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​creas·​ing·​ly in-ˈkrē-siŋ-lē How to pronounce increasingly (audio)
: to an increasing degree : more and more
the work became increasingly difficult
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