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Definition of "increase" []

  • To become greater or larger. (verb-intransitive)
  • To multiply; reproduce. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make greater or larger. (verb-transitive)
  • The act of increasing: a steady increase in temperature. (noun)
  • The amount or rate by which something is increased: a tax increase of 15 percent. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "increase" in a sentence
  • "Is it true that for 200 years the only increase in the wealth and resources of Virginia, has been a remnant of the natural _increase_ of this miserable race?"
  • "This is no condition of things to increase births, or diminish deaths, unless brothels give _increase_, and squalid poverty the requisite sympathy and aid, to recover the sick and dying, from the period of infancy to that of old age."
  • "Bronfman also stressed that MTV would help the label increase artist visibility online."