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English definition of “increase”

increase

verb [I or T] uk   /ɪnˈkriːs/ us  
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. Increasing and intensifying

increase

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɪn.kriːs/ us  
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.Increasing and intensifying on the increase C1 increasing: Homelessness is on the increase in many cities.Increasing and intensifying
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