definition of increase by The Free Dictionary

Noun 1. increase - a quantity that is addedincrease – a quantity that is added; “there was an addition to property taxes this year”; “they recorded the cattle’s gain in weight over a period of weeks”

accretion – something contributing to growth or increase; “he scraped away the accretions of paint”; “the central city surrounded by recent accretions”
2. increase – a change resulting in an increase; “the increase is scheduled for next month”

alteration, change, modification – an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; “the change was intended to increase sales”; “this storm is certainly a change for the worse”; “the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago”
explosion – a sudden great increase; “the population explosion”; “the information explosion”
jump, leap – a sudden and decisive increase; “a jump in attendance”
runup, run-up – a substantial increase over a relatively short period of time; “a runup in interest rates”; “market runups are followed by corrections”
waxing – a gradual increase in magnitude or extent; “the waxing of the moon”
decrease, lessening, drop-off – a change downward; “there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided”; “there was a sharp drop-off in sales”
3. increase – a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; “the increase in unemployment”; “the growth of population”

physical process, process – a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; “events now in process”; “the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls”
accession – a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group); “the art collection grew through accession”
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; “repeated copying leads to a multiplication of errors”; “this multiplication of cells is a natural correlate of growth”
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); “the proliferation of nuclear weapons”
relaxation – (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
4. increase – the amount by which something increases; “they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare”

amount – the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion; “an adequate amount of food for four people”
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
up-tick – a small increase; “the up-tick in terrorist activity”
5. increase – the act of increasing something; “he gave me an increase in salary”

addition – the act of adding one thing to another; “the addition of flowers created a pleasing effect”; “the addition of a leap day every four years”
advance, rise – increase in price or value; “the news caused a general advance on the stock market”
appreciation – an increase in price or value; “an appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate”
surge, upsurge – a sudden or abrupt strong increase; “stimulated a surge of speculation”; “an upsurge of emotion”; “an upsurge in violent crime”
amplification – (electronics) the act of increasing voltage or power or current
escalation – an increase to counteract a perceived discrepancy; “higher wages caused an escalation of prices”; “there was a gradual escalation of hostilities”
exaggeration – the act of making something more noticeable than usual; “the dance involved a deliberate exaggeration of his awkwardness”
intensification – the act of increasing the contrast of (a photographic film)
split up, stock split, split – an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders’ equity; “they announced a two-for-one split of the common stock”
Verb 1. increase – become bigger or greater in amount; “The amount of work increased”

accrue – grow by addition; “The interest accrues”
spike – manifest a sharp increase; “the voltage spiked”
add to – have an increased effect; “This adds to my worries”
gain, gather – increase or develop; “the peace movement gained momentum”; “the car gathers speed”
irrupt, explode – increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner; “The population of India is exploding”; “The island’s rodent population irrupted”
pyramid – increase rapidly and progressively step by step on a broad base
snowball – increase or accumulate at a rapidly accelerating rate
add – make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of; “We added two students to that dorm room”; “She added a personal note to her letter”; “Add insult to injury”; “Add some extra plates to the dinner table”
deepen, intensify – become more intense; “The debate intensified”; “His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan”
compound, deepen, intensify, heighten – make more intense, stronger, or more marked; “The efforts were intensified”, “Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her”; “Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness”; “This event only deepened my convictions”
grow – become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; “The problem grew too large for me”; “Her business grew fast”
pullulate – become abundant; increase rapidly
widen – become broader or wider or more extensive; “The road widened”
broaden – become broader; “The road broadened”
shoot up – rise dramatically; “Prices shot up overnight”
mount, wax, climb, rise – go up or advance; “Sales were climbing after prices were lowered”
full, wax – increase in phase; “the moon is waxing”
crescendo – grow louder; “The music crescendoes here”
swell – increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; “The music swelled to a crescendo”
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall – decrease in size, extent, or range; “The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester”; “The cabin pressure fell dramatically”; “her weight fell to under a hundred pounds”; “his voice fell to a whisper”
2. increase – make bigger or more; “The boss finally increased her salary”; “The university increased the number of students it admitted”

alter, change, modify – cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; “The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city”; “The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue”
stretch, extend – increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance; “stretch the soup by adding some more cream”; “extend the casserole with a little rice”
augment – enlarge or increase; “The recent speech of the president augmented tensions in the Near East”
build up – enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages; “build up your savings”
enlarge – make larger; “She enlarged the flower beds”
up – raise; “up the ante”
raise – raise the level or amount of something; “raise my salary”; “raise the price of bread”
manifold, multiply – combine or increase by multiplication; “He managed to multiply his profits”
ramp up, work up, build up, build – bolster or strengthen; “We worked up courage”; “build up confidence”; “ramp up security in the airports”
boost – give a boost to; be beneficial to; “The tax cut will boost the economy”
lengthen – make longer; “Lengthen this skirt, please”
regenerate – amplify (an electron current) by causing part of the power in the output circuit to act upon the input circuit
heighten – make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity; “heightened interest”
heighten, rise – become more extreme; “The tension heightened”
rev, rev up – increase the number of rotations per minute; “rev up an engine”
extend, broaden, widen – extend in scope or range or area; “The law was extended to all citizens”; “widen the range of applications”; “broaden your horizon”; “Extend your backyard”
kite – increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently; “He kited many checks”

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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