increase

[ verb in-krees; noun in-krees ]
/ verb ɪnˈkris; noun ˈɪn kris /

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

Origin of increase

1275–1325; Middle English incresen, encresen < Anglo-French encres-, Middle French encreiss-, stem of encreistre < Latin incrēscere, equivalent to in- in-2 + crēscere to grow; see crescent
SYNONYMS FOR increase
1 expand, extend, prolong. Increase, augment, enlarge may all mean to make larger. To increase means to make greater, as in quantity, extent, degree: to increase someone's salary; to increase the velocity; to increase the ( degree of ) concentration. Enlarge means to make greater in size, extent, or range: to enlarge a building, a business, one's conceptions. Augment, a more formal word, means to make greater, especially by addition from the outside: to augment one's income ( by doing extra work ).
3 expand, grow, develop, swell.
6 enlargement, expansion.
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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 Formsincreasable, 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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