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English definition of “increase”

increase

verb [I or T]
 
 
/ɪnˈkriːs/
to become larger in amount or size, or to make something do this: increase by sth Sales have increased by 10%.increase to sth Our gross margin increased to 24%.increase in price/size/value Over the past two years the department has increased in size.the number/rate/level increases Staffing numbers increase during the summer months.increase gradually/slowly/steadily Bookings are increasing steadily. Interest rates have increased slightly. increase dramatically/rapidly/significantly The volume of work has increased dramatically. increase efficiency/production/productivity The new measures are intended to increase efficiency. to increase costs/prices/sales This process greatly increases manufacturing speeds.
increasing adjective increasingly adverb
(Definition of increase verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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