- growing larger or greater; enlarging; augmenting.
- Mathematics. (of a function) having the property that for any two points in the domain such that one is larger than the other, the image of the larger point is greater than or equal to the image of the smaller point; nondecreasing.Compare decreasing(def 2).
Origin of increasing
- 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 increasing
The economy has begun to add jobs, but the quality of those jobs is an increasing concern.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
When it comes to the increasing number of rape allegations leveled at Bill Cosby, the smoke is becoming impenetrable.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014
December 27, 2014
Vlad Burlutskiy is a civic and political activist from Russia who fled the country last year due to increasing threats.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Not surprisingly, many middle and working class voters, particularly whites, have deserted the Democrats in increasing numbers.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Not long after I started cutting back on food and increasing my exercising, my periods stopped.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
It speaks for itself and will be of increasing influence as the years go by.
The government admitted the distress, but denied that it was increasing.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
She took no notice of my speech and continued speaking with increasing resentment.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
So Claus grew to manhood, increasing each day in knowledge and in wisdom.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Fanny, in alarm at his increasing paleness, sprang to his breast.Night and Morning, Complete
- 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 increasing
late 14c., "action of increasing; results of an increasing," from increase (v.).
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.