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increase

2 noun
     
in‧crease2 S3 W1 [uncountable and countable]
a rise in amount, number, or degree [≠ decrease]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
tax increase wage/pay/salary increase price increase fare increase substantial/large increase huge/massive increase (=a very large increase) dramatic/sharp increase (=a sudden large increase) significant/marked increase (=a definite and noticeable increase) slight/small/modest increase gradual increase threefold/fourfold/fivefold etc increase (=an increase by three, four etc times) be on the increase (=be increasing)
increase in
an increase in the crime rate
Recent tax increases have affected the poor more than the rich.
the dramatic increase in the population aged over 65
There has been a marked increase in the use of firearms.
Cases of tuberculosis are on the increase.

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