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English definition of “exponential”

exponential

adjective (INCREASE)    /ˌek.spəˈnen.ʃəl/ US  /-spoʊ-/ formal
describes a rate of increase that becomes quicker and quicker as the thing that increases becomes larger : We are looking for exponential growth in our investment . There has been an exponential increase in the world population this century .Terms for numbers exponentially     /-i/ adverb formal Malthus wrote about the risks involved in the world's population increasing exponentially.Terms for numbers
(Definition of exponential adjective (INCREASE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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