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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•crease /v. ɪnˈkris; n. ˈɪnkris/USA pronunciation
v., -creased, -creas•ing, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to (cause to) become greater: [no object]Her knowledge increased daily.[~ + object]went to school to increase his knowledge of business.
- growth in size, strength, or quality[uncountable]The economy is on the increase.
- Business an amount by which something is increased[countable]an increase of 12%.
(v. in krēs′;n. in′krēs), v., -creased, -creas•ing, n.
- to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality;
add to:to increase taxes.
- to become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality:Sales of automobiles increased last year.
- Developmental Biologyto 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.
- Businessthat by which something is increased.
- the result of increasing.
- produce of the earth.
- Businessproduct; profit;
- multiplication by propagation;
production of offspring.
(in krē′sid lē),
- Latin incrēscere, equivalent. to in- in-2 + crēscere to grow; see crescent
- Anglo-French encres-, Middle French encreiss-, stem of encreistre
- Middle English incresen, encresen 1275–1325
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, esp. by addition from the outside:to augment one's income(by doing extra work). 3 . expand, grow, develop, swell. 6 . enlargement, expansion.
1, 3 . decrease.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
increase vb /ɪnˈkriːs/
- to make or become greater in size, degree, frequency, etc; grow or expand
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French encreistre, from Latin incrēscere, from in-² + crēscere to growinˈcreasable adj increasedly /ɪnˈkriːsɪdlɪ/, inˈcreasingly adv inˈcreaser n
- the act of increasing; augmentation
- the amount by which something increases
- on the increase ⇒ increasing, esp becoming more frequent
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