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Definitions of increase

  1. a quantity that is added; " there was an addition to property taxes this year"; " they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"
  2. become bigger or greater in amount; " The amount of work increased"
  3. the act of increasing something; " he gave me an increase in salary"
  4. a change resulting in an increase; " the increase is scheduled for next month"
  5. make bigger or more; " The boss finally increased her salary"
  6. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
  7. To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax; as, the moon increases.
  8. 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.
  9. That which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest.
  10. Progeny; issue; offspring.
  11. Generation.
  12. Increasingly.
  13. 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.
  14. The period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; - said of the moon.
  15. To become greater in any respect; multiply; grow.
  16. To make greater in any respect; enlarge.
  17. A growing larger; that which is added to the original stock; growth; produce; profit; issue; offspring; the period of waxing; said of the moon.
  18. To grow in size: to become greater: to advance.
  19. To make greater: to advance: to extend: to aggravate.
  20. Growth: addition to the original stock: profit: produce: progeny.
  21. Growth; enlargement; advance; addition; produce.
  22. To grow in size; advance.
  23. To make larger; advance.
  24. To make or become greater; enlarge; augment; grow; multiply.
  25. A growing larger or greater; augmentation; increment; produce.
  26. Augmentation; growth; increment; profit; produce; progeny.
  27. To make greater; to advance; to add; to extend; to aggravate.
  28. To become greater in any quality that is capable of more or less; to grow; to advance; to multiply.
  29. To make more or greater; to advance or exalt; to extend; to spread; to make worse; to augment; to grow.
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Usage examples for increase

  1. Among others, he wonders what the project should be of the Duke's going down to Portsmouth just now with his Lady, at this time of the year: it being no way, we think, to increase his popularity, which is not great; nor yet safe to do it, for that reason, if it would have any such effect. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. 5. How did the persecuted people increase? – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
  3. Perhaps on the whole it would be better to start the society quietly among themselves, and then gradually to increase it. – A Duet by A. Conan Doyle
  4. " You will find, my dear," said I, " that the significance of your Dead March of a Marionette will increase every day of your married life." – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  5. Some increase is possible. – The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes
  6. They made an effort first to increase the value of their real estate. – McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 by Cyrus Macmillan
  7. We are told they will increase these to eight thousand. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  8. But that girl, whether taking alarm or to increase her value, had gone into hiding, and apparently no one knew where. – Patsy by S. R. Crockett
  9. If the fever and pain increase some time after the pack, in which the patient may stay for an hour or two, the packing must be repeated. – Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms by Charles Munde
  10. Neither did we increase greatly- too many died or were killed young. – The Return by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  11. That pleases me, and I study to be useful to him in every way I can, so as to increase his regard. – Eve's Diary, Part 1 by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  12. Any more would only increase the chances of discovery. – The Lost Warship by Robert Moore Williams
  13. Note the increase in weight. – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  14. The increase is marked in nearly all the German States. – The Task of Social Hygiene by Havelock Ellis
  15. Besides, too, it was just barely possible that there might be some word, some expression which he could change, and which should increase their value. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  16. But we'll use one bomb for retrothrust, then fire two to increase speed. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  17. 220 is employed, the object being to increase the line of contact between wheels of a given width of face. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  18. That a man, who could probably get nothing else, should have lived on bear meat is, of course, not necessarily any great recommendation, but the fact tended to increase Ingleby's respect for his companion. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
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