Definition of “increase” - English Dictionary

“increase” in 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)

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All-embracing budget lines of this kind blur our cultural and political diversity and increase the distance between ourselves and the citizen.
Are you going to increase them?
The report' s proposal for the possibility of revising the financial perspective to increase the amount of funds in the guarantee reserve is also in order.
I think that we must do everything possible to increase consumer confidence in the electronic money age and not to build consumer foundations which have no stability.
We are also talking about the spread of deserts and an increase in tropical whirlwinds, the devastating effects of which have been clearly felt in recent years.
With increasing consumption rates, the depletion of fossil fuels is becoming inevitable and we should therefore increase investment in further research and in the development of sustainable transportation.
A second draft framework decision seeks to increase the criminal punishment for aiding the illegal entry or stay in a country.
Surely our duty is rather to increase consumers' responsibility rather than to make children of them by telling them what is good or bad for them.
The true solution is not to tolerate the absence of consumer information, but rather to increase the efforts to separate genetically modified products from conventional products throughout the production process.
We must increase it.