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Usage statistics for the verb increase:

spoken English30.38%written English69.62% conversational speech10.32%task-oriented speech89.68% imaginative writing9.78%informational writing90.22%
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Increase is sometimes a misspelling of increased or increasing.

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Definition of the noun increase

What does increase mean as a name of something?

Increase is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: increases

  1. a quantity that is added
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonyms of increase: addition / gain
    • more generic term: indefinite quantity = an estimated quantity
    • more specific word: accretion = something contributing to growth or increase
  2. a change resulting in an increase
    • example: the increase is scheduled for next month
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • antonym: decrease
    • more generic words: alteration / change / modification = an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
    • more specific words:
      • augmentation = the amount by which something increases
      • concentration = increase in density
      • explosion = a sudden great increase
      • jump / leap = a sudden and decisive increase
      • run-up / runup = a substantial increase over a relatively short period of time
      • waxing = a gradual increase in magnitude or extent
  3. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
    • example: the increase in unemployment
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonyms of increase: growth / increment
    • antonym of increase: decrease
    • more generic terms: physical process / process = a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
    • more specific terms:
      • accession = a process of increasing by addition
      • accumulation / accretion = an increase by natural growth or addition
      • accretion = an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment
      • accretion = growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles
      • accretion = the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases
      • multiplication = a multiplicative increase
      • population growth = increase in the number of people who inhabit a territory or state
      • proliferation = a rapid increase in number
      • pullulation = a rapid and abundant increase
      • relaxation = the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
      • broadening / widening = an increase in width
  4. the amount by which something increases
  5. the act of increasing something

Alternative definition of the noun increase


  1. An amount by which a quantity is increased.
  2. For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger

Definition of the verb increase

What does increase mean as a doing word?

Increase is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: increased | increasing | increases

  1. become bigger or greater in amount
  2. make bigger or more

Alternative definition of the verb increase


  1. [intransitive, of a quantity] to become larger.
  2. [transitive] To make (a quantity) larger.


Increase a.k.a. Causeyville Historic District: Causeyville, Mississippi is a small community in southeastern Lauderdale County, Mississippi, about twelve miles southeast of the city of Meridian. The Causeyville Historic District consists of four buildings at the center of the community–two general stores and two residences–that exemplify the pivotal contribution that small communities like Causeyville made to the development of Lauderdale County. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.


  1. "Increase" is a musical album of Birth Control.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Increase" is a composition.


Increase: In knitting, an increase is the creation of one or more new stitches, which may be done by various methods that create distinctive effects in the fabric.

Phrases with Increase

  1. to increase
  2. tax-increase
  3. cost increase
  4. fare increase
  5. wage increase
  6. price increase
  7. salary increase

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Increase

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Google previewParliamentary Debates (1906)

by Australia. Parliament

The figures have been alluded to as an indication that the rates of duty are too low, and that, consequently, our importations are too high ; but, in reality, the increase is a normal one for a time of prosperity such as we are now passing through, ...

Google previewThe Library Compensation Handbook (2003)

A Guide for Administrators, Librarians, and Staff by David Allen Baldwin

For the employer, a salary increase is an immediate increase in costs that does not often result in a noticeable improvement in productivity.

Google previewIn Search of Lost Revenue (2010)

Why Restoring Fiscal Soundness After a Crisis is Harder Than it Looks by Masato Miyazaki

“the biggest driver of debt increase is the inevitable collapse in tax revenues...

Google previewAdhesion Science (2015)

Principles and Practice by Steven Abbott

No one who has experienced poor adhesion on PE is going to be happy with a mere 30% increase. Numerically, the increase is an extra 0.2 paperclip/stickynote , not the sort of improvement required to impress a customer. Part of the answer ...

Google previewThe psychology of music in multimedia (2013)

by Siu-Lan Tan, Annabel J. Cohen, Scott D. Lipscomb, Roger A. Kendall

,3 and thus presumably as approaching (loudness increase is an important auditory cue ...

Google previewRepublic of Congo (2005)

Joint Staff Advisory Note of the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper by International Monetary Fund

Such an increase is a necessary; though not sufficient, condition for improving access to social services. Pro-poor spending needs to be properly targeted (e. g.; towards primary schools; rural areas; school enrollment particularly for girls; and ...

Google previewBoom, Crisis, and Adjustment (1993)

The Macroeconomic Experience of Developing Countries by Ian Malcolm David Little

An increase is a devaluation and the rate of devaluation is the proportionate increase. A real exchange rate index takes into account both changes in the nominal exchange rate (weighting appropriately the exchange rates with different trading ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Technical Analysis (2000)

by Joel G. Siegel

For example, an increase in interest rates decreases stock prices. If interest rates drop, the yield on savings accounts and bonds decreases. This makes stocks more attractive because investors will earn a greater return on stocks than on bank ...

Google previewDictionary of International Economics Terms (2006)

by John Owen Edward Clark

price level 2 1 9 good or service, usually a reduction in demand if the price change is an increase (except for an...

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary (1805)

Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany by Colin Milne

frequently to choak up the female organ, so that such flowers, although the most delight ful to the eye, are both, vegetable monsters and vegetable eunuchs : the unnatural increase of the petals constituting the first ; the consequent exclusion of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Heart Diseases (2005)

by M. Gabriel Khan

THESE WELL-KNOWN ANTIALLERGY MEDICATIONS may occasionally cause an increase in the pulse rate because...

Google previewOpen Shop Encyclopedia for Debaters (1922)

by National Association of Manufacturers (U.S.).

When the increases in these industries are compared, it appears that of the increase of 1,800,000, approximately...

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Usage statistics about increase

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb increase:

spoken English30.38%written English69.62% conversational speech10.32%task-oriented speech89.68% imaginative writing9.78%informational writing90.22%

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And the tree of the field will give its fruit and the earth will give its increase.

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One man's wage increase is another man's price increase. (Harold Wilson)
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Scrabble value of I1N1C3R1E1A1S1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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