Definition of increase verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    increase

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    verb
    NAmE//ɪnˈkris//
     
    , NAmE//ˈɪnkris//
     
    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they increase
     
    he / she / it increases
     
    past simple increased
     
    -ing form increasing
     
     
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  1.  to become or to make something greater in amount, number, value, etc. increase (from A) (to B) The population has increased from 1.2 million to 1.8 million. increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere The price of oil increased. increase in something Oil increased in price. increase by something The rate of inflation increased by 2%. increase with something Disability increases with age (= the older someone is, the more likely they are to be disabled). increase something (from A) (to B) We need to increase productivity. increase something (by something) They increased the price by 50%. opposite decrease
  2. increasedadjective[only before noun]
     
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  3. increased demand
Language Bankincreasedescribing an increase The number of foreign students in the U.S. increased from 622,000 in 2009 to just over 672,000 in 2010. First-time student enrollments shot up/increased dramatically in 2010. 2010 saw a significant rise in student numbers. The number of foreign students increased by almost 8% compared with the previous year. The 2010 figure was 672,000, an increase of 8% from the previous year. The 2010 figure was 672,000, up 8%from the previous year. As the chart shows, this can partly be explained by a dramatic increase in students from China. The number of Chinese undergraduate students rose sharply from 81,000 in 2009 to 98,000 in 2010.
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