• WordNet 3.6
    • v increase make bigger or more "The boss finally increased her salary","The university increased the number of students it admitted"
    • v increase become bigger or greater in amount "The amount of work increased"
    • n increase the act of increasing something "he gave me an increase in salary"
    • n increase the amount by which something increases "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare"
    • n increase a change resulting in an increase "the increase is scheduled for next month"
    • n increase a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important "the increase in unemployment","the growth of population"
    • n increase 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Australians consume 60% more coffee than tea, a sixfold increase since 1940.
    • Increase Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number, intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth. "As if increase of appetite had grown
      By what it fed on."
      "For things of tender kind for pleasure made
      Shoot up with swift increase , and sudden are decay'd."
    • Increase Generation. "Organs of increase ."
    • Increase Progeny; issue; offspring. "All the increase of thy house shall die in the flower of their age."
    • Increase That which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest. "Take thou no usury of him, or increase .""Let them not live to taste this land's increase ."
    • Increase (Astron) The period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon. "Seeds, hair, nails, hedges, and herbs will grow soonest if set or cut in the increase of the moon."
    • v. t Increase 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. "I will increase the famine.""Make denials Increase your services."
    • Increase 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. "The waters increased and bare up the ark.""He must increase , but I must decrease.""The heavens forbid
      But that our loves and comforts should increase ,
      Even as our days do grow!"
    • Increase (Astron) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax; as, the moon increases .
    • Increase To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific. "Fishes are more numerous or increasing than beasts or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the ten years between 1987 and 1997, there was an increase of over 800 million people on the planet.
    • increase 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.
    • increase To make greater in any respect; enlarge or extend in bulk, quantity, number, degree, etc.; add to; enhance; aggravate: opposed to diminish.
    • n increase A growing larger, as in size, number, quantity, degree, etc.; augmentation; enlargement; extension; multiplication.
    • n increase The amount or number added to the original stock, or by which the original stock is augmented; increment; profit; interest; produce; issue; offspring.
    • n increase In astronomy, the period of increasing light or an increasing luminous phase; the waxing, as of the moon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The number of VCRs in the United States grew from 52,565,000 in 1987 to 86,825,000 in 1997, a 39.5% increase.
    • v.i Increase in-krēs′ to grow in size: to become greater: to advance
    • v.t Increase to make greater: to advance: to extend: to aggravate
    • Increase growth: addition to the original stock: profit: produce: progeny
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  • D'Alembert
    “The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.”
  • Voltaire
    “It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”
  • Francoise Sagan
    Francoise Sagan
    “Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. incresen, encresen, enrescen, OF. encreistre, fr. L. increscere,; pref. in-, in + crescere, to grow. See Crescent, and cf. Decrease
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. incresenen (L. in), and O. Fr. creisser, croistre—L. crescĕre, to grow.


In literature:

Every step which increased the freedom of discussion increased the influence of the truth.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
As each owns one-half of all the live stock (teams excepted), each shares equally in all increase.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
And as his business flourished more and more, so his riches increased from day to day.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Orderliness increases the value of a man.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It increases the activity of the kidneys, and thus hastens and increases the elimination of the poisons in the system.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
As the number of people increased, the question of securing food became more and more important.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
The former gave a most marked increase in the crop, while with the latter little or no increase was obtained.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
An increased current of blood into it, produced by the excitement of its own increased action.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Increased incomes yield increased investments.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Similarly, also, recent increases in production from certain districts are probably significant of increased use of such ores in the future.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith

In poetry:

When, from nights of restless tossing,
Days of gloom and pining care,
Pain and weakness, still increasing,
Seem to whisper 'Death is near,'
"Power of Love" by Anne Bronte
Sweet Leaf! the pledge of peace and mirth,
"Long sought, and lately won,"
Blessed increase of reviving Earth,
When first it felt the Sun; -
"Quinquagesima Sunday" by John Keble
Beneath his care and labors, Lord,
O, grant thy vineyard large increase;
And may a crown, as his reward,
Be given him by the Prince of Peace.
"Hymns For Ordination and Installation VII" by John Pierpont
We wait to hear what God will say;
He'll speak, and give his people peace;
But let them run no more astray,
Lest his returning wrath increase.
"Psalm 85 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Happy the country where the sheep,
Cattle, and corn, have large increase;
Where men securely work or sleep,
Nor sons of plunder break the peace.
"Psalm 144 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Worlds of men and snow endure, increase,
Woven of power and passion to defy
Time and travail: only races cease,
Individual men and crystals die.
"Snow" by John Davidson

In news:

EOG Resources (EOG) had its estimates increased by Citigroup (C) based on an increased growth outlook for liquids in 2013.
The number of accidents during the Thanksgiving weekend last year increased, so the California Highway Patrol is increasing patrols this year.
While a special session of the state Legislature is increasingly unlikely, groups gathered in downtown Albany to call on the Senate to increase the state minimum wage.
About $100 million of the increase will cover increased fuel costs, Chairman Kevin Gunn told reporters after the vote.
Nass says the PUD is trying to keep rates stable year to year by adopting a strategy of lower increases over time rather than larger increases whenever the BPA increases rates, usually every other year.
The village is seeing slight increases in costs — its fire contract is expected to increase by about $9,000 for next year — but, additionally, Welch said the village's assessments are not as grand as they had been in years past.
Those costs will be covered by increased revenue from federal and state grants and increased county fees, officials have said.
Among specific technology areas, the latest index also shows a 15.4 percent increase in cloud initiatives, as well as significant increases in hardware and software purchase intentions.
Statewide, crime in New Jersey increased 3 percent last year, the largest jump since 2008 and just the fourth annual increase in the past 11 years, State Police statistics released today show.
The increase in Adderall use probably accounts for a large part of the overall increase in failed tests.
Just last month, 166 men (17 percent increase ) and 90 women (23 percent increase ) sought shelter and a daily average of 816 prepared meals (25 percent increase ) were served at Cherry Street.
Obesity is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, and like the increased prevalence in diagnosed diabetes cases, the rate of obesity in the United States also increased over the last decade, although it now appears to have steadied.
Most people probably understand that automatic annual pay increases and retroactive pay increases have become increasingly rare items across the nation in this difficult economy.
Kickouts are valuable because they can greatly increase an oil pan 'svolume without increasing depth.
The ACP board of directors said it will defer increases from July 1 to October 2012, with a second increase in October 2013.

In science:

One can see that with increasing r , as the subspaces HA and HB become of increasingly different size, the reduced density matrix on HA has increasingly flat spectrum.
Entanglement of random vectors
The central property of these oscillations is that the amplitude increases (rapidly) with increasing τ , which is due to the increasing accuracy of the shadowing.
The cosmological billiard attractor
Toward the singularity (i.e., with shrinking volume) the triangle increases in size, where simultaneously the triangle’s sides become increasingly straight and the corners increasingly sharp (relative to the size of the triangle), see for similar SH examples.
The cosmological billiard attractor
Increase in χR with the increasing frequency, an intriguing aspect because it is expected χR to decrease with the increasing frequency, as observed for metastable systems.
Changeover from Glassy ferromagnetism of the orbital domain state to long range ferromagnetic ordering in La{_{0.9}}Sr_{0.1}MnO{_3}
As expected the value of M0 increases with the decreasing temperature as field cooled magnetisation value increases with decreasing temperature but γ decreases upto 114K and then increases again.
Changeover from Glassy ferromagnetism of the orbital domain state to long range ferromagnetic ordering in La{_{0.9}}Sr_{0.1}MnO{_3}