increase ( increases plural & 3rd person present) ( increasing present participle) ( increased past tense & past participle )
The verb is pronounced ɪnkri:s. The noun is pronounced ɪnkri:s.
1 verb If something increases or you increase it, it becomes greater in number, level, or amount., (Antonym: decrease)
The population continues to increase... V
Japan's industrial output increased by 2%... V by/from/to amount
The company has increased the price of its cars... V n
2 n-count If there is an increasein the number, level, or amount of something, it becomes greater.
oft N in n, N of amount
(=rise) (Antonym: decrease)
...a sharp increase in productivity...
3 If something is on the increase, it is happening more often or becoming greater in number or intensity.
on the increase phrase v-link PHR
Crime is on the increase.
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