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  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
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  • "Some of us learn too late," he replied, increasingly ominous.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She was so tired of herself, that, to escape her double, she made it increasingly a bore to her.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • We are increasingly conscious of a growing discontent at waste.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • And as he realized it that morning so he was to realize it increasingly as time sped on.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Yet I am increasingly convinced that their spirits never die at all.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

Word Origin and History for increasingly


late 14c., from increasing (see increase) + -ly (2).

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