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increase

in·crease

increase

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: In kris [or] In kris
inflections: increased, increases, increasing
definition: to make larger or more numerous.
I can't afford the bike I wanted since the company increased the price.The university has slowly increased the number of women on the faculty.The management was forced to increase wages for many of the workers.
synonyms:
add to, augment, boost, build, enlarge, expand, jack up, multiply
antonyms:
decrease, diminish, lessen, lower, reduce, taper
similar words:
accelerate, advance, aggrandize, amplify, elevate, escalate, hike, intensify, magnify, proliferate, raise, swell, up
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: In kris [or] In kris
definition 1: to become larger or more numerous.
Our town is increasing rapidly in size.I'm worried that your absences are increasing.Most of these goods have increased in price recently.
synonyms:
augment, build, enlarge, expand, grow, mount, multiply, rise
antonyms:
decrease, diminish, dip, dwindle, lessen, shrink
similar words:
accelerate, accrue, balloon, burgeon, collect, escalate, extend, intensify, magnify, mushroom, pile, proliferate, skyrocket, swell, upsurge, upswing, wax
definition 2: to multiply by reproduction.
synonyms:
breed, multiply, procreate, reproduce
similar words:
accrue, proliferate, propagate
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: In kris
definition 1: an addition in size or amount.
I'm celebrating getting an increase in my salary.The doctor expressed his concern over the increase in the patient's weight.There was an increase in the number of violent crimes last year.
synonyms:
accession, addition, boost, buildup, growth, rise, upturn
antonyms:
cutback
similar words:
accretion, upsurge, upswing
definition 2: the act or process of increasing.
The increase in sales has been steady over the past year.
synonyms:
amplification, augmentation, enlargement, escalation, expansion, growth, rise
antonyms:
decrease, reduction
similar words:
acceleration, accretion, boost, multiplication, raise, swell
definition 3: the amount or quantity by which something is increased.
This number represents a five percent increase in cost.The employees are demanding an increase of two dollars per hour.
synonyms:
augmentation, expansion, rise
antonyms:
decrease, discount
similar words:
amplification, boost, enlargement, growth, more, swell
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derivation: increasingly (adv.)