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[in-kree-sing]
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adjective
  1. growing larger or greater; enlarging; augmenting.
  2. 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
Related formsin·creas·ing·ly, adverbun·in·creas·ing, adjective

increase

[verb in-krees; noun in-krees]
verb (used with object), in·creased, in·creas·ing.
  1. to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
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verb (used without object), in·creased, in·creas·ing.
  1. to become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality: Sales of automobiles increased last year.
  2. to multiply by propagation.
  3. to wax, as the moon.
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noun
  1. growth or augmentation in numbers, size, strength, quality, etc.: the increase of crime.
  2. the act or process of increasing.
  3. that by which something is increased.
  4. the result of increasing.
  5. produce of the earth.
  6. product; profit; interest.
  7. Obsolete.
    1. multiplication by propagation; production of offspring.
    2. offspring; progeny.
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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
Related formsin·creas·a·ble, adjectivein·creas·ed·ly [in-kree-sid-lee] /ɪnˈkri sɪd li/, adverbnon·in·creas·a·ble, adjectivenon·in·crease, nounpre·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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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

1, 3. decrease.
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British Dictionary definitions for increasing

increase

verb (ɪnˈkriːs)
  1. to make or become greater in size, degree, frequency, etc; grow or expand
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noun (ˈɪnkriːs)
  1. the act of increasing; augmentation
  2. the amount by which something increases
  3. on the increase increasing, esp becoming more frequent
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Derived Formsincreasable, adjectiveincreasedly (ɪnˈkriːsɪdlɪ) or increasingly, adverbincreaser, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French encreistre, from Latin incrēscere, from in- ² + crēscere to grow
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Word Origin and History for increasing

increase

n.

late 14c., "action of increasing; results of an increasing," from increase (v.).

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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.

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