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English Dictionary: increase by the DICT Development Group
4 results for increase
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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"
    Synonym(s): addition, increase, gain
  2. a change resulting in an increase; "the increase is scheduled for next month"
    Antonym(s): decrease, drop-off, lessening
  3. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
    Synonym(s): increase, increment, growth
    Antonym(s): decrease, decrement
  4. the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare"
    Synonym(s): increase, increment
    Antonym(s): decrease, decrement
  5. the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary"
    Synonym(s): increase, step-up
    Antonym(s): decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
  1. become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
    Antonym(s): decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
  2. make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
    Antonym(s): decrease, lessen, minify
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Increase \In*crease"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Increased}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Increasing}.] [OE. incresen, encresen, enrescen, OF.
      encreistre, fr. L. increscere; pref. in- in + crescere to
      grow. See {Crescent}, and cf. {Decrease}.]
      1. To become greater or more in size, quantity, number,
            degree, value, intensity, power, authority, reputation,
            wealth; to grow; to augment; to advance; -- opposed to
                     The waters increased and bare up the ark. --Gen.
                                                                              vii. 17.
                     He must increase, but I must decrease. --John iii.
                     The heavens forbid But that our loves and comforts
                     should increase, Even as our days do grow! --Shak.
      2. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile,
            fruitful, or prolific.
                     Fishes are more numerous of increasing than beasts
                     or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn. --Sir
                                                                              M. Hale.
      3. (Astron.) To become more nearly full; to show more of the
            surface; to wax; as, the moon increases.
      {Increasing function} (Math.), a function whose value
            increases when that of the variable increases, and
            decreases when the latter is diminished.
      Syn: To enlarge; extend; multiply; expand; develop; heighten;
               amplify; raise; enhance; spread; aggravate; magnify;
               augment; advance.
      Usage: To {Increase}, {Enlarge}, {Extend}. Enlarge implies to
                  make larger or broader in size. Extend marks the
                  progress of enlargement so as to have wider
                  boundaries. Increase denotes enlargement by growth and
                  internal vitality, as in the case of plants. A kingdom
                  is enlarged by the addition of new territories; the
                  mind is enlarged by knowledge. A kingdom is extended
                  when its boundaries are carried to a greater distance
                  from the center. A man's riches, honors, knowledge,
                  etc., are increased by accessions which are made from
                  time to time.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Increase \In*crease"\, v. t.
      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,
               I will increase the famine.                     --Ezek. v. 16.
               Make denials Increase your services.      --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Increase \In"crease\ (?; 277), n. [OE. encres, encresse. See
      {Increase}, v. i.]
      1. Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number,
            intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.
                     As if increase of appetite had grown By what if fed
                     on.                                                   --Shak.
                     For things of tender kind for pleasure made Shoot up
                     with swift increase, and sudden are decay'd.
      2. That which is added to the original stock by augmentation
            or growth; produce; profit; interest.
                     Take thou no usury of him, or increase. --Lev. xxv.
                     Let them not live to taste this land's increase.
      3. Progeny; issue; offspring.
                     All the increase of thy house shall die in the
                     flower of their age.                           --1 Sam. ii.
      4. Generation. [Obs.] [bd]Organs of increase.[b8] --Shak.
      5. (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.
      {Increase twist}, the twixt of a rifle groove in which the
            angle of twist increases from the breech to the muzzle.
      Syn: Enlargement; extension; growth; development; increment;
               addition; accession; production.
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