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Meaning of INCREASE

Pronunciation:  [n]'inkrees, [v]in'krees, in'krees

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary"
  2. [n]  the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare"
  3. [n]  a change resulting in an increase; "the increase is scheduled for next month"
  4. [n]  a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
  5. [n]  a quantity that is added; "there was an addition to property taxes this year"; "they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"
  6. [v]  make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"
  7. [v]  become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"

INCREASE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: addition, gain, growth, increment, increment, step-up
 Antonyms: decrease, decrease, decrease, decrease, decrease, decrement, decrement, diminish, diminution, drop-off, fall, lessen, lessening, minify, reduction, step-down
 See Also: accretion, accretion, accrual, accrue, accruement, accumulate, accumulation, accumulation, add to, addition, advance, advance, aggrandisement, aggrandizement, alter, alteration, amass, amount, amplification, amplification, amplify, appreciate, appreciation, apprise, apprize, augment, augmentation, augmentation, blow up, boost, boost, broaden, broadening, build, build up, change, change, change magnitude, change of magnitude, climb, complement, compound, concentration, conglomerate, cost increase, crescendo, cumulate, deepen, elevation, enlarge, enlargement, escalate, escalation, exaggeration, expand, expanding upon, expansion, explode, extend, fare increase, full, gain, gain, gather, grow, heighten, hike, inclusion, indefinite quantity, inflate, intensification, intensify, jump, leap, lengthen, magnify, manifold, maximation, maximisation, maximise, maximization, maximize, modification, mount, multiplication, multiply, pile up, population growth, price increase, process, proliferation, pullulate, pullulation, pyramid, raise, raise, regenerate, relaxation, rev, rev up, revalue, rise, rise, rise, salary increase, shoot up, snowball, split, split up, step up, stock split, strengthening, stretch, supercharge, supplement, supplementation, surge, swell, tax boost, tax hike, tax-increase, up, upsurge, wage hike, wage increase, wax, waxing, widen, widening, work up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*crease"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Increased}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Increasing}.] [OE. incresen, encresen, enrescen, OF.
    encreistre, fr. L. increscere; pref. in- in + crescere to
    grow. See {Crescent}, and cf. {Decrease}.]
    1. To become greater or more in size, quantity, number,
       degree, value, intensity, power, authority, reputation,
       wealth; to grow; to augment; to advance; -- opposed to
             The waters increased and bare up the ark. --Gen.
                                                   vii. 17.
             He must increase, but I must decrease. --John iii.
             The heavens forbid But that our loves and comforts
             should increase, Even as our days do grow! --Shak.
    2. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile,
       fruitful, or prolific.
             Fishes are more numerous of increasing than beasts
             or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn. --Sir
                                                   M. Hale.
    3. (Astron.) To become more nearly full; to show more of the
       surface; to wax; as, the moon increases.
    {Increasing function} (Math.), a function whose value
       increases when that of the variable increases, and
       decreases when the latter is diminished.
    Syn: To enlarge; extend; multiply; expand; develop; heighten;
         amplify; raise; enhance; spread; aggravate; magnify;
         augment; advance.
    Usage: To {Increase}, {Enlarge}, {Extend}. Enlarge implies to
           make larger or broader in size. Extend marks the
           progress of enlargement so as to have wider
           boundaries. Increase denotes enlargement by growth and
           internal vitality, as in the case of plants. A kingdom
           is enlarged by the addition of new territories; the
           mind is enlarged by knowledge. A kingdom is extended
           when its boundaries are carried to a greater distance
           from the center. A man's riches, honors, knowledge,
           etc., are increased by accessions which are made from
           time to time.
  2. \In*crease"\, v. t.
    To augment or make greater in bulk, quantity, extent, value,
    or amount, etc.; to add to; to extend; to lengthen; to
    enhance; to aggravate; as, to increase one's possessions,
          I will increase the famine.              --Ezek. v. 16.
          Make denials Increase your services.     --Shak.
  3. \In"crease\ (?; 277), n. [OE. encres, encresse. See
    {Increase}, v. i.]
    1. Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number,
       intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.
             As if increase of appetite had grown By what if fed
             on.                                   --Shak.
             For things of tender kind for pleasure made Shoot up
             with swift increase, and sudden are decay'd.
    2. That which is added to the original stock by augmentation
       or growth; produce; profit; interest.
             Take thou no usury of him, or increase. --Lev. xxv.
             Let them not live to taste this land's increase.
    3. Progeny; issue; offspring.
             All the increase of thy house shall die in the
             flower of their age.                  --1 Sam. ii.
    4. Generation. [Obs.] ``Organs of increase.'' --Shak.
    5. (Astron.) The period of increasing light, or luminous
       phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon.
             Seeds, hair, nails, hedges, and herbs will grow
             soonest if set or cut in the increase of the moon.
    {Increase twist}, the twixt of a rifle groove in which the
       angle of twist increases from the breech to the muzzle.
    Syn: Enlargement; extension; growth; development; increment;
         addition; accession; production.
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