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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: encreistre, from Latin increscere, from crescere 'to grow'

increase

1 verb
     
in‧crease1 S2 W1
[intransitive and transitive] if you increase something, or if it increases, it becomes bigger in amount, number, or degree [≠ decrease, reduce]:
The population increased dramatically in the first half of the century.
political tensions that might increase the likelihood of war
Visits to the site have increased threefold since May.
increase in value/price/importance etc
Investments are certain to increase in value.
increase (something) by something
Food prices increased by 10% in less than a year.
increase (something) from/to something
The salary is £18,600 a year, increasing to £23,000.
increasing adjective:
the increasing difficulty of finding trained staff
European leaders watched events unfold with increasing alarm.
increased adjective:
an increased incidence of childhood leukaemia

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