American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To become greater or larger.
- v. To multiply; reproduce.
- 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.
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.
- v. intransitive, of a quantity to become larger.
- v. transitive 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. knitting The creation of one or more new stitches; see Increase (knitting).
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
- v. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
- v. (Astron.) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax.
- 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.
- 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. obsolete Generation.
- n. (Astron.) The period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
“Is it true that for 200 years the only increase in the wealth and resources of Virginia, has been a remnant of the natural _increase_ of this miserable race?”
“This is no condition of things to increase births, or diminish deaths, unless brothels give _increase_, and squalid poverty the requisite sympathy and aid, to recover the sick and dying, from the period of infancy to that of old age.”
“Bronfman also stressed that MTV would help the label increase artist visibility online.”
“However, the term increase - once considered a lock - is less certain, as party leaders squabble over the budget.”
“Some of the increase is also attributable to home improvements and remodeling investments.”
“Where we see the increase is again the areas where there is a major issue of insecurity and so we can see that the cultivation is still linked to security and it is concentrated in the areas where the government has less access," Me said.”
“The reason behind the increase is the move of the umpire, made for his safety.”
“But in fact the increase is almost entirely due to Bush policies and malfeasance; Obama has had little choice in the matter.”
“For reasons nobody yet knows, the incidence of autism in California has doubled in four years, and the experts don't think the increase is the result of better diagnosis.”
“A spokesman says Southwest isn't alarmed and believes the increase is the result of bad weather this year.”
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