Definition of increase verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they increase
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkriːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkriːs//
he / she / it increases
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkriːsɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkriːsɪz//
past simple increased
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkriːst//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkriːst//
past participle increased
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkriːst//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkriːst//
-ing form increasing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkriːsɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkriːsɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈkriːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkriːs//
[intransitive, transitive] 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 Increasing numbers of people are using handheld devices to access the Internet. 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 somebody 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've increased the price by 50%. opposite decrease Language BankillustrateReferring to a chart, graph or table This bar chart illustrates how many journeys people made on public transport over a three-month period. This table compares bus, train, and taxi use between April and June. The results are shown in the chart below. In this pie chart, the survey results are broken down by age. This pie chart breaks down the survey results by age. As can be seen from these results, younger people use buses more than older people. According to these figures, bus travel accounts for 60% of public transport use. From the data in the above graph, it is apparent that buses are the most widely used form of public transport. See related entries: Trends
Word OriginMiddle English (formerly also as encrease): from Old French encreistre, from Latin increscere, from in- ‘into’ + crescere ‘grow’.Extra examples Demand is expected to increase over the next decade. Disability increases with age. Last month the reward was increased from $20 000 to $40 000. Progressively increase the intensity of the exercise over three weeks. Sales increased almost fourfold in this period. The budget has increased by more than a third in the last year. to increase in amount/​number/​price/​size Her confidence/​fear/​grew/​increased. Profits/​Numbers have risen/​grown/​increased. They’ve increased the price by 50%.
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