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increase

[ verb in-krees; noun in-krees ]
/ verb ɪnˈkris; noun ˈɪn kris /
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verb (used with object), in·creased, in·creas·ing.

to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.

verb (used without object), in·creased, in·creas·ing.

noun

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Origin of increase

First recorded in 1370–1395; Middle English incresen, encresen, from Anglo-French encres-, Middle French encreis(s)-, stem of encreistre, from Latin incrēscere, equivalent to in- in-2 + crēscere “to grow”; see crescent

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What does increase mean?

To increase is to become greater or more in number, amount, size, or in some other way, as in Our profits will increase as demand increases.

As a verb, increase is also used in an active way in which someone or something is doing the increasing, as in I’m going to increase my hours at work or These sunglasses increase visibility.

Increase can also be used as a noun referring to a rise or growth in something, as in We are experiencing an increase in applicants.

It can also refer to the amount by which something has increased, as in The increase was $5,000 per year.

The words increased and increasing can both be used as adjectives, as in an increased appetite or increasing sales.

The opposite of increase as both a verb and a noun is decrease.

Example: My boss increased my workload, which led to an increase in stress.

Where does increase come from?

The first records of the word increase come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin verb incrēscere, from in-, which can indicate causation, and the Latin verb crēscere, meaning “to grow.”

Something that is increasing is growing—it’s becoming greater in size, quantity, extent, or in some other way. As a noun, increase can mean the same thing as growth.

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  • increased (past tense verb, adjective)
  • increasing (continuous tense verb, adjective)

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How is increase used in real life?

Increase is an extremely common word that can be used in all kinds of contexts.

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of increase?

A. rise
B. grow
C. enlarge
D. decline

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What are other ways to say increase?

To increase something is to make it greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality. How is increase different from enlarge and augment? Find out on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for increase

increase

verb (ɪnˈkriːs)

to make or become greater in size, degree, frequency, etc; grow or expand

noun (ˈɪnkriːs)

the act of increasing; augmentation
the amount by which something increases
on the increase increasing, esp becoming more frequent

Derived forms of increase

increasable, adjectiveincreasedly (ɪnˈkriːsɪdlɪ) or increasingly, adverbincreaser, noun

Word Origin for increase

C14: from Old French encreistre, from Latin incrēscere, from in- ² + crēscere to grow
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