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[in-kree-sing] /ɪnˈkri sɪŋ/
growing larger or greater; enlarging; augmenting.
Mathematics. (of a function) having the property that for any two points in the domain such that one is larger than the other, the image of the larger point is greater than or equal to the image of the smaller point; nondecreasing.
Compare decreasing (def 2).
Origin of increasing
1590-1600; see increase, -ing2
Related forms
increasingly, adverb
unincreasing, adjective


[v. in-krees; n. in-krees] /v. ɪnˈkris; n. ˈɪn kris/
verb (used with object), increased, increasing.
to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to:
to increase taxes.
verb (used without object), increased, increasing.
to become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality:
Sales of automobiles increased last year.
to multiply by propagation.
to wax, as the moon.
growth or augmentation in numbers, size, strength, quality, etc.:
the increase of crime.
the act or process of increasing.
that by which something is increased.
the result of increasing.
produce of the earth.
product; profit; interest.
  1. multiplication by propagation; production of offspring.
  2. offspring; progeny.
1275-1325; Middle English incresen, encresen < Anglo-French encres-, Middle French encreiss-, stem of encreistre < Latin incrēscere, equivalent to in- in-2 + crēscere to grow; see crescent
Related forms
increasable, adjective
[in-kree-sid-lee] /ɪnˈkri sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
nonincreasable, adjective
nonincrease, noun
preincrease, noun
preincrease, verb (used with object), preincreased, preincreasing.
proincrease, adjective
quasi-increased, adjective
reincrease, verb, reincreased, reincreasing, noun
superincrease, verb (used with object), superincreased, superincreasing.
superincrease, noun
unincreasable, adjective
unincreased, adjective
1. expand, extend, prolong. Increase, augment, enlarge may all mean to make larger. To increase means to make greater, as in quantity, extent, degree: to increase someone's salary; to increase the velocity; to increase the (degree of ) concentration. Enlarge means to make greater in size, extent, or range: to enlarge a building, a business, one's conceptions. Augment, a more formal word, means to make greater, especially by addition from the outside: to augment one's income (by doing extra work ). 3. expand, grow, develop, swell. 6. enlargement, expansion.
1, 3. decrease. Unabridged
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  • He wrought feathers together, beginning with the smallest and adding larger, so as to form an increasing surface.
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  • The last decade of the eighteenth century witnessed an increasing attention paid to commercial and financial questions.
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  • His troubles are not the troubles of senility and exhaustion but of increasing and still undisciplined strength.
British Dictionary definitions for increasing


verb (ɪnˈkriːs)
to make or become greater in size, degree, frequency, etc; grow or expand
noun (ˈɪnkriːs)
the act of increasing; augmentation
the amount by which something increases
on the increase, increasing, esp becoming more frequent
Derived Forms
increasable, adjective
increasedly (ɪnˈkriːsɪdlɪ), increasingly, adverb
increaser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French encreistre, from Latin incrēscere, from in-² + crēscere to grow
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Word Origin and History for increasing



early 14c., "become greater in size or number; to cause to grow, enlarge," from Anglo-French encress-, Old French encreiss-, present participle stem of encreistre, from Latin increscere "to increase, to grow upon, grow over, swell, grow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Latin spelling restored 15c. Related: Increased; increasing.


late 14c., "action of increasing; results of an increasing," from increase (v.).

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