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[in-kree-sing] /ɪnˈkri sɪŋ/
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
First recorded in 1590-1600; See origin at increase, -ing2
Related forms
increasingly, adverb
unincreasing, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • These notes were protected in part by securities and by an increasingly large gold reserve, exceeding 75 per cent.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • The man himself was well content, and increasingly self-satisfied.

  • For three months, daily suggestions to begin with, then at increasingly longer intervals.

  • increasingly alarmed, he put his shoulder to the door, but it did not yield.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • Bruce found it increasingly hard to believe that the horse's eyes could make out any kind of dim pathway in the pine needles.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
Word Origin and History for increasingly

late 14c., from increasing (see increase) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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