Definition of increase noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

increase

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noun
NAmE//ˈɪnkris//
 
[countable, uncountable]increase (in something)
 
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 a rise in the amount, number, or value of something an increase in spending an increase in property taxes an increase of nearly 20% a significant/substantial increase in sales price/tax/wage increases Homelessness is on the increase (= increasing). opposite decrease
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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