Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To become greater or larger.
  • intransitive v. To multiply; reproduce.
  • transitive v. To make greater or larger.
  • n. The act of increasing: a steady increase in temperature.
  • n. The amount or rate by which something is increased: a tax increase of 15 percent.
  • n. Obsolete Reproduction and spread; propagation.
  • idiom on the increase Increasing, especially in frequency of occurrence: Crime is on the increase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to become larger.
  • v. To make (a quantity) larger.
  • n. An amount by which a quantity is increased.
  • n. For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger
  • n. The creation of one or more new stitches; see Increase (knitting).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number, intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.
  • n. That which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest.
  • n. Progeny; issue; offspring.
  • n. Generation.
  • n. The period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
  • intransitive v. To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax.
  • transitive v. To augment or make greater in bulk, quantity, extent, value, or amount, etc.; to add to; to extend; to lengthen; to enhance; to aggravate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become greater in any respect; become enlarged, extended, or multiplied; grow or advance in size, quantity, number, degree, etc.; augment; multiply; wax, as the moon.
  • To make greater in any respect; enlarge or extend in bulk, quantity, number, degree, etc.; add to; enhance; aggravate: opposed to diminish.
  • n. A growing larger, as in size, number, quantity, degree, etc.; augmentation; enlargement; extension; multiplication.
  • n. The amount or number added to the original stock, or by which the original stock is augmented; increment; profit; interest; produce; issue; offspring.
  • n. In astronomy, the period of increasing light or an increasing luminous phase; the waxing, as of the moon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become bigger or greater in amount
  • v. make bigger or more
  • n. a quantity that is added
  • n. the act of increasing something
  • n. a change resulting in an increase
  • n. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
  • n. the amount by which something increases

Etymologies

Middle English encresen, from Old French encreistre, encreiss-, from Latin incrēscere : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + crēscere, to grow; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman encreistre, from Old French, from Latin increscere ("increase"), present active infinitive of increscō, from in ("in, on") + crescō ("grow"). (Wiktionary)

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