[ 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.
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
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.
ANTONYMS FOR increase
1, 3 decrease.
in·creas·a·ble, adjectivein·creas·ed·ly [in-kree-sid-lee] /ɪnˈkri sɪd li/, adverbnon·in·creas·a·ble, adjectivenon·in·crease, noun
pre·in·crease, nounpre·in·crease, verb (used with object), pre·in·creased, pre·in·creas·ing.pro·in·crease, adjectivequa·si-in·creased, adjectivere·in·crease, verb, re·in·creased, re·in·creas·ing, nounsu·per·in·crease, verb (used with object), su·per·in·creased, su·per·in·creas·ing.su·per·in·crease, nounun·in·creas·a·ble, adjectiveun·in·creased, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for increasedly
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
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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