Definition of increase in English:



  • 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’
    ‘the increasing numbers of students’
    • ‘A new sleeping pill that increases dreaming sleep improves memory capacity, according to the results of new research.’
    • ‘Inequality in our society is increasing and for those at the bottom things are getting worse.’
    • ‘The tall buildings increase wind drag on the city, resulting in vertical velocities - essentially a boiling action - that can enhance rainfall.’
    • ‘The core of the movement has been increasing in size and in depth of knowledge.’
    • ‘In some cases, peaks could be obtained by increasing the amount of leaf material used.’
    • ‘By the following day, the amount of food in the feeding spots will have increased again.’
    • ‘They had the choice of increasing the size of the dairy herd or changing the system completely.’
    • ‘The ordinary fan is continually forced to part with ever increasing amounts of money.’
    • ‘The operators are reducing the amount they pay out and increasing the amount they take in.’
    • ‘The only practical, long-term solution to increasing lamb survival on both an individual flock basis and on an industry-wide basis is through selection.’
    • ‘The colour of the energy beam changed from green to bright red as the power increased.’
    • ‘There comes a point at long distance that the helical starts increasing the size of the groups.’
    • ‘Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century.’
    • ‘The proposal was aimed at increasing the number of organs available for transplant.’
    • ‘Intensity of the job has increased and so has the number of patients going through the system.’
    • ‘His ideas have been ripped off for years and years, and with increasing frequency.’
    • ‘Yet, instead of increasing as predicted, air pollutants have dramatically declined.’
    • ‘The geometry on this racquet aids the beginner by increasing stability and power.’
    • ‘Police put this down to increased awareness and confidence in the way it is handled.’
    • ‘At first she worked less than a full day and then increased the amount of time at her job.’
    add to, make larger, make bigger, make greater, augment, supplement, top up, build up, enlarge, expand, extend, raise, multiply, elevate, swell, inflate
    grow, get bigger, get larger, become greater, enlarge, expand, swell
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  • A rise in the size, amount, or degree of something.

    ‘an increase of 28.3 per cent’
    [mass noun] ‘some increase in inflation is expected’
    • ‘He went on to say that there had been a gentle increase in the church activities.’
    • ‘In the UK, further volume growth is likely to be the main driver behind increases in sales.’
    • ‘Pensioners were furious that tiny pension increases were being swallowed up by huge tax rises.’
    • ‘There are no signs of an increase in cyclone activity elsewhere around the globe.’
    • ‘Not everyone has had their benefits increased above the rate of price increases.’
    • ‘So it's hard to see increases of anywhere near this amount being sustained for too much longer.’
    • ‘Etes say that the increase in the size of the show owes a great deal to the change of venue.’
    • ‘This scenario would probably give rise to gradual increases in geothermal gradient.’
    • ‘He also wants to set minimum wage increases in line with inflation if he gets in office.’
    • ‘It is also believed that an increase in sunspot activity can have an affect on pole reversal.’
    • ‘No money was available to cover pay rises, and if increases were given jobs could be lost.’
    • ‘The figures might go up but no one will know for sure if it is a real increase or a perceived increase.’
    • ‘The union has asked for the increase to counter the rise in council tax and house prices in the city.’
    • ‘The past year has seen an increase in the amount of guitar-based music in the charts.’
    • ‘Vast amounts of resources have facilitated huge increases in production capacity.’
    • ‘Some of the debt growth is a reflection of the increases in the value of shareholdings.’
    • ‘Unlikely to be more than inflationary increases to cigarettes, beer and wine duties.’
    • ‘My bill arrives at its percentage increase by averaging the increases on four items.’
    • ‘Such increases are both justified and achievable, given the size of the world economy.’
    • ‘Low inflation and the introduction of the euro may make price increases harder to justify.’
    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
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  • on the increase

    • Becoming greater, more common, or more frequent.

      ‘fraud is on the increase’
      • ‘The rat population is rapidly on the increase, bringing with it increased risk of diseases.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Crime is on the increase and the recent setting afire of a police vehicle has raised the level of crime to new heights.’
      • ‘It's a disease that is more common than you might think - and it's on the increase.’
      • ‘However, it is a fact that virus infections, like home break-ins, are on the increase.’
      • ‘Mr Guymer said vandalism seemed to be on the increase at Vista Road.’
      • ‘Allergic diseases are known to be on the increase in western populations, but the reason why is not clear.’
      • ‘But the number of pupils remaining out of school with parental permission appears to be on the increase.’
      • ‘It is not known whether it is on the increase or not, but it is being reported more frequently.’
      • ‘They say public order offences and robberies from homes are on the increase.’


Middle English (formerly also as encrease): from Old French encreistre, from Latin increscere, from in- into + crescere grow.