[ in-kree-sing ]
/ ɪnˈkri sɪŋ /
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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).



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Origin of increasing

First recorded in 1590–1600; see origin at increase, -ing2


in·creas·ing·ly, adverbun·in·creas·ing, adjective
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What does increasing mean?

Increasing is an adjective that means growing or rising—becoming greater or more in number, amount, size, or in some other way.

It comes from the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb increase, which means to become greater or more in number, amount, size, or in some other way, as in Our profits will increase as demand increases.

The word increased can also be used as an adjective to describe things that have risen or grown, as in an increased appetite.

Example: The increasing value of the dollar.

Where does increasing come from?

The first records of the word increasing as an adjective come from the late 1500s. Increase comes from the Latin verb incrēscere, from in-, which can indicate causation, and the Latin verb crēscere, meaning “to grow.”

Something that’s described as increasing is growing—it’s becoming bigger in size, quantity, extent, or in some other way. The opposite of increasing is decreasing.

The adverb increasingly is often used in situations in which a gradual increase is happening, as in I have become increasingly aware of my privilege and how it shields me from certain inequalities.

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  • increase (verb, noun)

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A. rising
B. growing
C. declining
D. expanding

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