Meaning of “increase” in the English Dictionary

"increase" in British English

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increaseverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪnˈkriːs/ us /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.

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increasenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈɪn.kriːs/ us /ˈɪn.kriːs/

B2 a rise in the amount or size of something:

price/tax increases
There were 39,000 new cases last year - an increase of six percent.
Any increase in production would be helpful.
on the increase

C1 increasing:

Homelessness is on the increase in many cities.

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(Definition of “increase” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"increase" in American English

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increaseverb [ I/T ]

us /ɪnˈkris, ˈɪn·kris/

to become or make something larger or greater:

[ T ] They’ve increased the price of gas by two cents a gallon.
[ I ] Pressure is increasing to make health insurance more widely available.

increasenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈɪn·kris/

the act of becoming larger or greater or of making something larger or greater:

[ C ] There was a slight increase in unemployment last month.
Homelessness is on the increase (= increasing) in many cities.

(Definition of “increase” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"increase" in Business English

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increaseverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪnˈkriːs/ us

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.

An increasing number of customers shop online.

Borrowers are becoming increasingly aware of their options, and tend to shop around.

increasenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈɪnkriːs/ us

a situation in which the number, size, or amount of something gets bigger:

a pay/price/tax increase Customers stocked up, anticipating a January price increase.
an increase in sth Businesses are facing a 12% increase in energy costs.
an increase of sth Revenue last year was $347 million, an increase of 26%.
a dramatic/significant/substantial increase
a small/slight/steady increase
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on the increase


Credit card fraud is on the increase.

(Definition of “increase” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)