- 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 increased
With all that said, representation of each of these respective communities has increased in the new Congress.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
The need for increased community policing is more urgent than ever before.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
All of these increased barriers then have a snowball effect.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes recently have been increased on Raqqa.Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?
Jamie Dettmer, Christopher Dickey
December 24, 2014
Indeed, it's unclear what, if any, benefits the average Cuban will reap from increased diplomacy between the two countries.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor
December 18, 2014
The expected conference is over: but my difficulties are increased.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This increased his astonishment, and did not lessen the gloom on his face.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
On the contrary, it increased in some measure his respect for her as one of his own kind.Within the Law
Since then we have greatly diminished the iron and increased the copper.
He had increased also the amount of money that he periodically sent East.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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 increased
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.