What does increase mean?

Definitions for increase
ɪnˈkris; ˈɪn krisin·crease

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. addition, increase, gainnoun

    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. increasenoun

    a change resulting in an increase

    "the increase is scheduled for next month"

  3. increase, increment, growthnoun

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

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

  4. increase, incrementnoun

    the amount by which something increases

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

  5. increase, step-upverb

    the act of increasing something

    "he gave me an increase in salary"

  6. increaseverb

    become bigger or greater in amount

    "The amount of work increased"

  7. increaseverb

    make bigger or more

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


  1. increasenoun

    An amount by which a quantity is increased.

  2. increasenoun

    For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger

  3. increaseverb

    to become larger.

  4. increaseverb

    To make (a quantity) larger.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Increasenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    For three years he liv'd with large increase
    In arms of honour, and esteem in peace. Dryden.

    Hail, bards triumphant! born in happier days,
    Whose honours with increase of ages grow,
    As streams roll down, enlarging as they flow. Alexander Pope.

    As Hesiod sings, spread waters o'er thy field,
    And a most just and glad increase 'twill yield. John Denham.

    Those grains which grew produced an increase beyond expectation. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Into her womb convey sterility;
    Dry up in her the organs of increase,
    And from her derogate body never spring a babe. William Shakespeare.

    Him young Thoasa bore, the bright increase
    Of Phorcys. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Seeds, hair, nails, hedges and herbs, will grow soonest, if set or cut in the increase of the moon. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

  2. To Increaseverb

    To make more or greater.

    He hath increased in Judah mourning and lamentation. Sam.

    I will increase the famine, and break your staff of bread. Ezek. v. 16.

    I will increase them with men like a flock. Ezek. xxxvi.

    Hye thee from this slaughter-house,
    Lest thou increase the number of the dead. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Fishes are more numerous or increasing than beasts or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn. Matthew Hale.

    It serves to increase that treasure, or to preserve it. William Temple.

  3. To Increaseverb

    To grow more in number, or greater in bulk; to advance in quantity or value, or in any quality capable of being more or less.

    Etymology: in and cresco, Lat.

    Hear and observe to do it, that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily. Deutr. vi. 3.

    Profane and vain babbling will increase unto ungodliness. 2 Tim. ii. 16.

    From fifty to threescore he loses not much in fancy, and judgment, the effect of observation, still increases. Dryden.

    Henry, in knots, involving Emma's name
    Upon this tree; and, as the tender mark,
    Grew with the year, and widen'd with the bark:
    Venus had heard the virgin's soft address,
    That as the wound the passion might increase. Matthew Prior.


  1. increase

    Increase refers to the action or process of making something greater in size, quantity, value, strength, or intensity. It can also refer to the quantifiable or measurable growth, escalation, or rise in something over a period of time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Increaseverb

    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. Increaseverb

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

  3. Increaseverb

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

  4. Increaseverb

    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. Increaseverb

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

  6. Increaseverb

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

  7. Increaseverb

    progeny; issue; offspring

  8. Increaseverb


  9. Increaseverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Increase

    in-krēs′, v.i. to grow in size: to become greater: to advance.—v.t. to make greater: to advance: to extend: to aggravate.—adj. Increas′able.—ns. Increas′ableness; In′crease, growth: addition to the original stock: profit: produce: progeny.—adj. Increase′ful (Shak.), abundant of produce.—adv. Increas′ingly, in the way of increase. [M. E. incresenen (L. in), and O. Fr. creisser, croistre—L. crescĕre, to grow.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of increase in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of increase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of increase in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Johnson:

    When someone's on psilocybin, we see an overall increase in connectivity between areas of the brain that don't normally communicate well, matthew Johnson also see the opposite of that -- local networks in the brain that normally interact with each other quite a bit suddenly communicate less.

  2. Brian Jacobsen:

    Unless the market takes a big jump here without any increase in earnings or revenue, then I'm leaving my money on the table.

  3. Sidney Madwed:

    Every goal, every action, every thought, every feeling one experiences, whether it be consciously or unconsciously known, is an attempt to increase one's level of peace of mind.

  4. Steven Rosen:

    Recreational marijuana use can increase lung cancer and the rise of sexually transmitted diseases is associated with cancer risk, in addition, cancer is associated with aging, and as life expectancy fortunately increases, cancer rates will rise proportionately.

  5. Robert Graham:

    Moving around throughout your workday is really important, not only is it good for you physically, but studies show that it can increase productivity and more likely to focus on the task at hand.

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