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increase (v.)

mid-14c., encresen, "become greater in size or number" (intransitive); late 14c., "cause to grow, enlarge" (transitive), 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" (from PIE root *en "in") + crescere "to grow" (from PIE root *ker- (2) "to grow"). Modern English restored the Latin spelling 16c. Related: Increased; increasing.

increase (n.)

late 14c., "action of increasing; results of an increasing," from increase (v.) or from verbs formed from the noun in Old French or Anglo-French. The stress shifted from 18c. to distinguish it from the verb.

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Definitions of increase
1
increase (n.)
a quantity that is added;
Synonyms: addition / gain
increase (n.)
a change resulting in an increase;
the increase is scheduled for next month
increase (n.)
a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important;
the increase in unemployment
Synonyms: increment / growth
increase (n.)
the amount by which something increases;
they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare
Synonyms: increment
increase (n.)
the act of increasing something;
he gave me an increase in salary
Synonyms: step-up
2
increase (v.)
become bigger or greater in amount;
The amount of work increased
increase (v.)
make bigger or more;
The boss finally increased her salary
The university increased the number of students it admitted
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