Definition and Meanings for increase

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Increase is ranked 1,265 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of increase

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of increase

oe. incresen, encresen, enrescen, of. encreistre, fr. l. increscere; pref. in- in + crescere to grow. see crescent, and cf. decrease oe. encres, encresse. see increase, v. i.pos

Meaning of increase


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • to multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
  • to become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax; as, the moon increases.

as transitive verb

  • 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.

as noun, intransitive verb

  • addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number, intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.
  • that which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest.
  • progeny; issue; offspring.
  • generation.
  • the period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon.
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