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Meaning of increase by Wiktionary Dictionary

increase


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    Etymology

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

    Pronunciation

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

    Verb

    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 .

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    Noun

    increase ( plural: increases )

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

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    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

increase


    Verb
    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
    Noun
    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