increased


verb (used with object), in·creased, in·creas·ing.

  1. to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.

verb (used without object), in·creased, in·creas·ing.

  1. to become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality: Sales of automobiles increased last year.
  2. to multiply by propagation.
  3. to wax, as the moon.

noun

  1. growth or augmentation in numbers, size, strength, quality, etc.: the increase of crime.
  2. the act or process of increasing.
  3. that by which something is increased.
  4. the result of increasing.
  5. produce of the earth.
  6. product; profit; interest.
  7. Obsolete.
    1. multiplication by propagation; production of offspring.
    2. offspring; progeny.

verb (ɪnˈkriːs)

  1. to make or become greater in size, degree, frequency, etc; grow or expand

noun (ˈɪnkriːs)

  1. the act of increasing; augmentation
  2. the amount by which something increases
  3. on the increase increasing, esp becoming more frequent
n.

late 14c., “action of increasing; results of an increasing,” from increase (v.).

v.

early 14c., “become greater in size or number; to cause to grow, enlarge,” from Anglo-French encress-, Old French encreiss-, present participle stem of encreistre, from Latin increscere “to increase, to grow upon, grow over, swell, grow into,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + crescere “to grow” (see crescent). Latin spelling restored 15c. Related: Increased; increasing.

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