Definition of


  1. (noun, quantity) a quantity that is added
    they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks
  2. (noun, event) a change resulting in an increase
  3. (noun, process) a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
    the growth of population
  4. (noun, attribute) the amount by which something increases
  5. (noun, act) the act of increasing something
  6. (verb, change) become bigger or greater in amount
  7. (verb, change) make bigger or more
    The university increased the number of students it admitted

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Increase

addition, gain, growth, increment, step-up

Antonyms of Increase


Origin of the word Increase

  1. early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. encress-, from O.Fr. encreiss-, prp. stem of encreistre, from L. increscere "to increase," from in- "in" + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Latin spelling restored 15c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Increase

in chorus, in series, inaccuracy, incurious, ingres, ingress, injurious, insessores, ionic charge

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