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Meaning of increase by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin increscere ( “to increase” ), from in ( “in, on” ) + crescere ( “to grow” ) .


    • ( verb ): enPR: ĭnkrēs’, IPA: /ɪnˈkriːs/, X-SAMPA: /In"kri:s/
    • ( noun ): enPR: ĭn'krēs, IPA: /ˈɪnkriːs/, X-SAMPA: /"Inkri:s/
    • Rhymes: -iːs


    increase ( third-person singular simple present increases present participle increasing, simple past and past participle increased )

    1. ( intransitive, of a quantity ) to become larger .
    2. ( transitive ) To make ( a quantity ) larger .



    Derived terms


    increase ( plural: increases )

    1. An amount by which a quantity is increased .
    2. For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger



    External links

    • increase in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • increase in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • increase at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of increase by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make bigger or more

    2. The boss finally increased her salary
      The university increased the number of students it admitted
    3. become bigger or greater in amount

    4. The amount of work increased
    1. the act of increasing something

    2. he gave me an increase in salary
    3. the amount by which something increases

    4. they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare
    5. a change resulting in an increase

    6. the increase is scheduled for next month
    7. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

    8. the increase in unemployment
    9. a quantity that is added