Definitions for increaseɪnˈkris; ˈɪn kris

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•creaseɪnˈkris; ˈɪn kris(v.; n.)-creased, -creas•ing

  1. (v.t.)to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment:

    to increase one's knowledge.

  2. (v.i.)to become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality.

  3. to multiply by propagation.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  4. (n.)growth or augmentation in size, strength, or quality.

  5. the act or process of increasing.

  6. an amount by which something is increased.

    Category: Business

  7. Obs. production of offspring. offspring; progeny.

    Category: Developmental Biology

Origin of increase:

1275–1325; ME < AF encres-, MF encreiss-, s. of encreistre < L incrēscere=in-in-2+crēscere to grow


Princeton's WordNet

  1. addition, increase, gain(noun)

    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"

  2. increase(noun)

    a change resulting in an increase

    "the increase is scheduled for next month"

  3. increase, increment, growth(noun)

    a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

    "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"

  4. increase, increment(noun)

    the amount by which something increases

    "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare"

  5. increase, step-up(verb)

    the act of increasing something

    "he gave me an increase in salary"

  6. increase(verb)

    become bigger or greater in amount

    "The amount of work increased"

  7. increase(verb)

    make bigger or more

    "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. increase(verb)ɪnˈkris; n. ˈɪn kris

    ≠ decrease

    Unemployment has increased by 2%.; We are trying to increase the number of members in the organization.; an idea that is increasing in popularity; the increasing level/amount/number

  2. increase(noun)ɪnˈkris; n. ˈɪn kris

    ≠ decrease

    a slight increase in the minimum wage; The number of people affected by the virus is on the increase.


  1. increase(Noun)

    An amount by which a quantity is increased.

  2. increase(Noun)

    For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger

  3. increase(Verb)

    to become larger.

  4. increase(Verb)

    To make (a quantity) larger.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Increase(verb)

    to become greater or more in size, quantity, number, degree, value, intensity, power, authority, reputation, wealth; to grow; to augment; to advance; -- opposed to decrease

  2. Increase(verb)

    to multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific

  3. Increase(verb)

    to become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax; as, the moon increases

  4. Increase(verb)

    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, influence

  5. Increase(verb)

    addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number, intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth

  6. Increase(verb)

    that which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest

  7. Increase(verb)

    progeny; issue; offspring

  8. Increase(verb)


  9. Increase(verb)

    the period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon


  1. Increase

    In knitting, an increase is the creation of one or more new stitches, which may be done by various methods with distinctive looks.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'increase' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1053

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'increase' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1259

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'increase' in Nouns Frequency: #371

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'increase' in Verbs Frequency: #120

Translations for increase

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the amount, number etc added by) growth

There has been some increase in business; The increase in the population over the last ten years was 40,000.

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