- to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
- to become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality: Sales of automobiles increased last year.
- to multiply by propagation.
- to wax, as the moon.
- growth or augmentation in numbers, size, strength, quality, etc.: the increase of crime.
- the act or process of increasing.
- that by which something is increased.
- the result of increasing.
- produce of the earth.
- product; profit; interest.
- multiplication by propagation; production of offspring.
- offspring; progeny.
Origin of increase
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Examples from the Web for increase
Industry experts claim an increase in awareness amongst men when it comes to styles, design, and price regarding their underwear.Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge? Men’s Undies Get Expensive
December 23, 2014
In Kentucky the bourbon distillers have had to increase their payrolls by 77 per cent in two years to meet the demand.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
In exchange for the increase in sales, the dispensaries pay the service, not the consumer.Days Are Numbered for Nestdrop, LA’s ‘Uber for Weed’
December 6, 2014
Both give estimates of how many U.S. workers would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage.Staving Off a Democratic Civil War
December 2, 2014
However, Driscoll is not alone among evangelicals wanting to improve their brand and increase sales.How the Religious Right Scams Its Way Onto the New York Times Bestseller List
November 16, 2014
Obstacles will only increase his eagerness and multiply his artifices.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
What, then, must be the population of the British empire if the increase in one city was at that rate?Explorations in Australia
To increase the attachment of our people to the Union, our laws should be just.
If an increase of power was needed to secure this, they would not fail to ask it.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
By working shoulder to shoulder, together we can increase the bounty of all.
- to make or become greater in size, degree, frequency, etc; grow or expand
- the act of increasing; augmentation
- the amount by which something increases
- on the increase increasing, esp becoming more frequent
Word Origin and History for increase
early 14c., "become greater in size or number; to cause to grow, enlarge," from Anglo-French encress-, Old French encreiss-, present participle stem of encreistre, from Latin increscere "to increase, to grow upon, grow over, swell, grow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Latin spelling restored 15c. Related: Increased; increasing.
late 14c., "action of increasing; results of an increasing," from increase (v.).