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
  1. adjective
    made greater in size or amount or degree
    accrued, accumulated
    periodically accumulated over time
    added to or made greater in amount or number or strength
    increased or intensified in value or beauty or quality
    hyperbolic, inflated
    enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
    enlarged, exaggerated, magnified
    enlarged to an abnormal degree
    greatly increased as by multiplication
    elevated, raised
    increased in amount or degree
    become much greater in intensity or size or amount
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    decreased, reduced
    made less in size or amount or degree
    made smaller or less by melting or erosion or vaporization
    attenuate, attenuated, faded, weakened
    reduced in strength
    of an electrical signal; reduced in amplitude with little or no distortion
    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
    (of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any perfect or minor musical interval
    reduced to the smallest possible size or amount or degree
    (of a disease) characterized by periods of diminished severity
    shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken
    reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity
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