Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkriːs /
- Become or make greater in size, amount, or degree: [no object]: car use is increasing at an alarming rate [with object]: we are aiming to increase awareness of social issues (as adjective increasing) the increasing numbers of studentsMore example sentences
grow, get bigger, get larger, become greater, enlarge, expand, swell; rise, climb, escalate, soar, surge, rocket, shoot up, spiral; improve, intensify, strengthen; heighten, lengthen, extend, stretch, spread, widen; multiply, snowball, mushroom, proliferate, balloon, build up, mount up, pile up, accrue, accumulate• literary waxaugment, supplement, top up, build up, enlarge, expand, extend, raise, multiply, elevate, swell, inflate; magnify, intensify, strengthen, amplify, heighten, escalate; improve, make better, boost, ameliorate, enhance, enrich, upgrade; worsen, make worse, exacerbate, aggravate, inflame, compound, reinforce
- They had the choice of increasing the size of the dairy herd or changing the system completely.
- The operators are reducing the amount they pay out and increasing the amount they take in.
- The core of the movement has been increasing in size and in depth of knowledge.
Pronunciation: /ˈɪŋkriːs /Back to top
- A rise in the size, amount, or degree of something: an increase of 28.3 per cent [mass noun]: some increase in inflation is expectedMore example sentences
growth, rise, enlargement, expansion, extension, multiplication, elevation, swelling, inflation; increment, addition, augmentation; magnification, intensification, strengthening, amplification, stepping up, step up, heightening; climb, escalation, surge, upsurge, upswing, spiral; improvement, boost, amelioration, enhancement, upgrade, upturn; worsening, exacerbation, aggravation; development, advance, boom, spurt, snowballing, mushrooming• informal hike
- No money was available to cover pay rises, and if increases were given jobs could be lost.
- The union has asked for the increase to counter the rise in council tax and house prices in the city.
- This scenario would probably give rise to gradual increases in geothermal gradient.
on the increase
- Becoming greater, more common, or more frequent: fraud is on the increaseMore example sentences
- It's a disease that is more common than you might think - and it's on the increase.
- One of the reasons, of course, is that fraud is on the increase and that affects the rest of us who end up having to pay higher premiums as a result.
- It is not known whether it is on the increase or not, but it is being reported more frequently.
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- The beam from the inside was increasable, and he saw what the enemy's last sight would be if completely engulfed by the beam.
- The use of such increasable volume disposable bags provided with a collar is considerably less expensive than the cost of disposable or single-use bottles.
- Initial draft is 16.5 meters increasable to 17.5 meters.
Middle English (formerly also as encrease): from Old French encreistre, from Latin increscere, from in- 'into' + crescere 'grow'.