Definition of Increase

1. Noun. A quantity that is added. "They recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"

Exact synonyms: Addition, Gain
Generic synonyms: Indefinite Quantity
Specialized synonyms: Accretion



2. Verb. Become bigger or greater in amount. "Their earnings increase this year"; "The amount of work increased"

3. Noun. A change resulting in an increase. "The increase is scheduled for next month"
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Augmentation, Concentration, Explosion, Jump, Leap, Run-up, Runup, Waxing
Antonyms: Decrease

4. Verb. Make bigger or more. "They increase their earnings this year"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

5. Noun. A process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important. "The growth of population"

6. Noun. The amount by which something increases. "They proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare"

7. Noun. The act of increasing something. "He gave me an increase in salary"

Definition of Increase

1. v. i. 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. 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, influence.

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

Definition of Increase

1. Verb. (intransitive of a quantity) to become larger. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To make (a quantity) larger. ¹

3. Noun. An amount by which a quantity is increased. ¹

4. Noun. For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Increase

1. to make or become greater [v -CREASED, -CREASING, -CREASES]

Medical Definition of Increase

1. 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 decrease. "The waters increased and bare up the ark." (Gen. Vii. 17) "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John III. 30) "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. To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax; as, the moon increases. Increasing function, a function whose value increases when that of the variable increases, and decreases when the latter is diminished. Synonym: To enlarge, extend, multiply, expand, develop, heighten, amplify, raise, enhance, spread, aggravate, magnify, augment, advance. 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. Origin: OE. Incresen, encresen, enrescen, OF. Encreistre, fr. L. Increscere; pref. In- in + crescere to grow. See Crescent, and cf. Decrease. 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." (Dryden) 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. 36) "Let them not live to taste this land's increase." (Shak) 3. Progeny; issue; offspring. "All the increase of thy house shall die in the flower of their age." (1 Sam. Ii. 33) 4. Generation. "Organs of increase." 5. 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." (Bacon) Increase twist, the twixt of a rifle groove in which the angle of twist increases from the breech to the muzzle. Synonym: Enlargement, extension, growth, development, increment, addition, accession, production. Origin: OE. Encres, encresse. See Increase. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Increase

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incorruptness
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incountred
incouragement
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increase (current term)
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increased skull thickness
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increasing functions

Literary usage of Increase

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1919)
"The maximum increase produced in the blood of the liver by the different materials is given in Table 1. I* may be seen that the amino acid, ..."

2. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or, The Preservation of by Charles Darwin (1889)
"Its bearing on natural selection—The term used in a wide sense— Geometrical ratio of increase—Rapid increase of naturalised animals and plants—Nature of the ..."

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