increase

The noun increase indicates growth of something that gets bigger in number or volume. When used as a verb, it means the act of growing or gaining more. However it's used, it refers to something that has gotten bigger.

Anything that can add on can increase. You can increase your speed to go faster, increase your strength by working out, increase your knowledge by studying, and increase your circle of friends by meeting more people. You can work harder to see an increase of profits, and you can prevent an increase in your electric bill by turning out unnecessary lights. And now you’ve increased your vocabulary by learning a new word!

DEFINITIONS OF: increase

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n a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

“the increase in unemployment”
Synonyms:
growth, increment
Antonyms:
decrease, decrement
a process of becoming smaller or shorter
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accession
a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group)
accretion, accumulation
an increase by natural growth or addition
accretion
(geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment
accretion
(biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles
accretion
(astronomy) 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 (especially a rapid increase in the number of deadly weapons)
pullulation
a rapid and abundant increase
relaxation
(physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
broadening, widening
an increase in width
backup
an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage
buildup
the result of the process of accumulation
deposit, deposition
the natural process of laying down a deposit of something
doubling
increase by a factor of two
irruption
a sudden sharp increase in the relative numbers of a population
quadrupling
increase by a factor of four
quintupling
increasing by a factor of five
tripling
increase by a factor of three
Type of:
physical process, process
a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

n the act of increasing something

“he gave me an increase in salary”
Synonyms:
step-up
Antonyms:
decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
the act of decreasing or reducing something
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addition
the act of adding one thing to another
advance, rise
increase in price or value
appreciation
an increase in price or value
surge, upsurge
a sudden or abrupt strong increase
augmentation
the act of augmenting
amplification
(electronics) the act of increasing voltage or power or current
enlargement, expansion
the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
escalation
an increase to counteract a perceived discrepancy
maximation, maximisation, maximization
the act of raising to the highest possible point or condition or position
exaggeration
the act of making something more noticeable than usual
expanding upon, expansion
adding information or detail
accrual, accruement, accumulation
the act of accumulating
inclusion
the act of including
aggrandisement, aggrandizement, elevation
the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something
strengthening
the act of increasing the strength of something
intensification
action that makes something stronger or more extreme
intensification
the act of increasing the contrast of (a photographic film)
split, split up, stock split
an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity
retrofit
the act of adding a component or accessory to something that did not have it when it was manufactured
fluoridation, fluoridisation, fluoridization
the addition of a fluoride to the water supply (to prevent dental decay)
dilatation, dilation
the act of expanding an aperture
distension, distention
the act of expanding by pressure from within
stretching
act of expanding by lengthening or widening
inflation
the act of filling something with air
magnification
the act of expanding something in apparent size
extension
act of expanding in scope; making more widely available
amplification, elaboration
addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail
annotating, annotation
the act of adding notes
subjoining, subjunction, supplementation
the act of supplementing
buildup
the act of building up an accumulation
incorporation
including by incorporating
ego trip, self-aggrandisement, self-aggrandizement
an act undertaken to increase your own power and influence or to draw attention to your own importance
roughness
harsh or severe speech or behavior
aggravation, exacerbation
action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse
concentration
strengthening the concentration (as of a solute in a mixture) by removing diluting material
focalisation, focalization, focusing
the act of bringing into focus
Type of:
change of magnitude
the act of changing the amount or size of something

n a quantity that is added

Synonyms:
addition, gain
Types:
accretion
something contributing to growth or increase
Type of:
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

n the amount by which something increases

“they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare”
Synonyms:
increment
Antonyms:
decrease, decrement
the amount by which something decreases
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amplification, gain
the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input
fare increase
increase in the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
price increase
increase in price
hike, raise, rise, salary increase, wage hike, wage increase
the amount a salary is increased
boost, cost increase, hike, rise
an increase in cost
supplement, supplementation
a quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency)
tax boost, tax hike, tax-increase
the amount by which taxes are increased
up-tick
a small increase
loop gain
(telecommunication) the gain of a feedback amplifier or system as a function of how much output is fed back to the input
Type of:
amount
the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion

n a change resulting in an increase

“the increase is scheduled for next month”
Antonyms:
decrease, drop-off, lessening
a change downward
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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
quantum jump, quantum leap
a sudden large increase or advance
compaction, compression, concretion, densification
an increase in the density of something
rarefaction
a decrease in the density of something
Type of:
alteration, change, modification
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

v become bigger or greater in amount

“The amount of work increased
Antonyms:
decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
decrease in size, extent, or range
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accrue
grow by addition
spike
manifest a sharp increase
add to
have an increased effect
gain, gather
increase or develop
explode, irrupt
increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner
pyramid
increase rapidly and progressively step by step on a broad base
snowball
increase or accumulate at a rapidly accelerating rate
accumulate, amass, conglomerate, cumulate, gather, pile up
collect or gather
add
make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of
deepen, intensify
become more intense
compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
make more intense, stronger, or more marked
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
pullulate
become abundant; increase rapidly
widen
become broader or wider or more extensive
appreciate, apprise, apprize, revalue
gain in value
broaden
become broader
shoot up
rise dramatically
climb, mount, rise, wax
go up or advance
full, wax
increase in phase
crescendo
grow louder
swell
increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
hypertrophy
undergo hypertrophy
climb, go up, rise
increase in value or to a higher point
jump
increase suddenly and significantly
redound
contribute
enlarge
become larger or bigger
augment
grow or intensify
advance, gain
rise in rate or price
backlog
accumulate and create a backlog
accrete
grow or become attached by accretion
modify, qualify
add a modifier to a constituent
gild the lily, paint the lily
make unnecessary additions to what is already complete
adjoin
attach or add
work in
add by mixing or blending on or attaching
add on
make an addition
include
add as part of something else; put in as part of a set, group, or category
mix, mix in
add as an additional element or part
put on
add to something existing
butylate
introduce the butyl group into a chemical compound
put on
add to the odometer
inject
to introduce (a new aspect or element)
welt
put a welt on
intercalate
insert (days) in a calendar
mark, punctuate
insert punctuation marks into
concatenate
add by linking or joining so as to form a chain or series
string, string up
add as if on a string
combine, compound
put or add together
milk
add milk to
fortify
add nutrients to
build
develop and grow
redouble
make twice as great or intense
heat up, hot up, screw up
make more intense
fan
make (an emotion) fiercer
enhance, heighten, raise
increase
vegetate
grow or spread abnormally
mushroom
grow and spread fast
grow over, overgrow
grow beyond or across
stretch
become longer by being stretched and pulled
develop
grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
expand
become larger in size or volume or quantity
amplify
increase the volume of
flare, flare out
become flared and widen, usually at one end
dilate, distend
become wider
break open, burst out, erupt, flare, flare up, irrupt
erupt or intensify suddenly
boom, expand, flourish, thrive
grow vigorously
proliferate
grow rapidly
lengthen
become long or longer
branch, ramify
grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
burgeon
grow and flourish
root
take root and begin to grow
condense
become more compact or concentrated
sharpen
become sharp or sharper
sharpen
make crisp or more crisp and precise
heighten, sharpen
make (one's senses) more acute
accelerate, quicken, speed, speed up
move faster
drift
be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
stud
provide with or construct with studs
button
provide with buttons
prove, rise
increase in volume
expand, spread out
extend in one or more directions
enrich
make wealthy or richer
supplement
add as a supplement to what seems insufficient
Type of:
change magnitude
change in size or magnitude

v make bigger or more

“The boss finally increased her salary”
“The university increased the number of students it admitted”
Antonyms:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller
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extend, stretch
increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
augment
enlarge or increase
build up
enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
enlarge
make larger
up
raise
raise
raise the level or amount of something
blow up, enlarge, magnify
make large
manifold, multiply
combine or increase by multiplication
build, build up, ramp up, work up
bolster or strengthen
amplify, blow up, expand, inflate
exaggerate or make bigger
escalate, intensify, step up
increase in extent or intensity
boost
give a boost to; be beneficial to
lengthen
make longer
regenerate
amplify (an electron current) by causing part of the power in the output circuit to act upon the input circuit
maximise, maximize
make as big or large as possible
heighten
make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity
heighten, rise
become more extreme
rev, rev up
increase the number of rotations per minute
rev up, step up
speed up
advance, boost, supercharge
increase or raise
broaden, extend, widen
extend in scope or range or area
kite
increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently
bump up
increase or raise
double, duplicate
increase twofold
treble, triple
increase threefold
quadruple
increase fourfold
quintuple
increase fivefold
proliferate
cause to grow or increase rapidly
puff up
make larger or distend
redouble
double in magnitude, extent, or intensity
broaden
make broader
draw out, extend, prolong, protract
lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
elongate, stretch
make long or longer by pulling and stretching
territorialise, territorialize
extend by adding territory
globalise, globalize
make world-wide in scope or application
expand
make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
ream
enlarge with a reamer
stretch
extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
deepen
make deeper
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

WORD FORMS

v
become bigger or greater in amount
1 increase
n
a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous
2 increase
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