increased

Anything described as increased has become bigger or more numerous. After an increased amount of rain, there could be flooding. A person riding a motorcycle without a helmet has an increased risk of bonking her head.

To increase something is to make more of it. Therefore, anything described as increased has expanded in some way. If there's increased paranoia, there's more paranoia. If there's increased unemployment, unemployment has gone up. If there's increased obesity, more people are obese. The opposite of this word is decreased. Decreased employment and increased unemployment mean the same thing. Tricky!

Definitions of increased
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adj made greater in size or amount or degree

Synonyms:
accrued, accumulated
periodically accumulated over time
augmented
added to or made greater in amount or number or strength
enhanced
increased or intensified in value or beauty or quality
hyperbolic, inflated
enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
enlarged, exaggerated, magnified
enlarged to an abnormal degree
multiplied
greatly increased as by multiplication
elevated, raised
increased in amount or degree
redoubled
become much greater in intensity or size or amount
Antonyms:
decreased, reduced
made less in size or amount or degree
ablated
made smaller or less by melting or erosion or vaporization
attenuate, attenuated, faded, weakened
reduced in strength
attenuated
of an electrical signal; reduced in amplitude with little or no distortion
bated
diminished or moderated
belittled, diminished, small
made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
cut, slashed
(used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply
diminished
(of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any perfect or minor musical interval
minimized
reduced to the smallest possible size or amount or degree
remittent
(of a disease) characterized by periods of diminished severity
shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken
reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity
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