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English definition of “increase”

increase

verb [I or T]     /ɪnˈkriːs/
B1 to (make something) become larger in amount or size: Incidents of armed robbery have increased over the last few years. The cost of the project has increased dramatically/significantly since it began. Gradually increase the temperature to boiling point. Increased/Increasing efforts are being made to end the dispute. → Compare decrease verbIncreasing and intensifying
(Definition of increase verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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