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increase


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Increase  \In*crease"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Increased};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Increasing}.]  [OE.  incresen  encresen  enrescen  OF 
  encreistre  fr  L.  increscere  pref.  in-  in  +  crescere  to 
  grow.  See  {Crescent},  and  cf  {Decrease}.] 
  1.  To  become  greater  or  more  in  size,  quantity,  number, 
  degree,  value,  intensity,  power,  authority,  reputation, 
  wealth;  to  grow;  to  augment;  to  advance;  --  opposed  to 
  {decrease}. 
 
  The  waters  increased  and  bare  up  the  ark.  --Gen. 
  vii.  17. 
 
  He  must  increase,  but  I  must  decrease.  --John  iii. 
  30. 
 
  The  heavens  forbid  But  that  our  loves  and  comforts 
  should  increase,  Even  as  our  days  do  grow!  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  multiply  by  the  production  of  young;  to  be  fertile, 
  fruitful,  or  prolific. 
 
  Fishes  are  more  numerous  of  increasing  than  beasts 
  or  birds,  as  appears  by  their  numerous  spawn.  --Sir 
  M.  Hale. 
 
  3.  (Astron.)  To  become  more  nearly  full;  to  show  more  of  the 
  surface;  to  wax;  as  the  moon  increases. 
 
  {Increasing  function}  (Math.),  a  function  whose  value 
  increases  when  that  of  the  variable  increases,  and 
  decreases  when  the  latter  is  diminished. 
 
  Syn:  To  enlarge;  extend;  multiply;  expand;  develop;  heighten; 
  amplify;  raise;  enhance;  spread;  aggravate;  magnify; 
  augment;  advance. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Increase},  {Enlarge},  {Extend}.  Enlarge  implies  to 
  make  larger  or  broader  in  size.  Extend  marks  the 
  progress  of  enlargement  so  as  to  have  wider 
  boundaries.  Increase  denotes  enlargement  by  growth  and 
  internal  vitality,  as  in  the  case  of  plants.  A  kingdom 
  is  enlarged  by  the  addition  of  new  territories;  the 
  mind  is  enlarged  by  knowledge.  A  kingdom  is  extended 
  when  its  boundaries  are  carried  to  a  greater  distance 
  from  the  center.  A  man's  riches,  honors,  knowledge, 
  etc.,  are  increased  by  accessions  which  are  made  from 
  time  to  time. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Increase  \In*crease"\,  v.  t. 
  To  augment  or  make  greater  in  bulk,  quantity,  extent,  value, 
  or  amount,  etc.;  to  add  to  to  extend;  to  lengthen;  to 
  enhance;  to  aggravate;  as  to  increase  one's  possessions, 
  influence. 
 
  I  will  increase  the  famine.  --Ezek.  v.  16. 
 
  Make  denials  Increase  your  services.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Increase  \In"crease\  (?;  277),  n.  [OE.  encres  encresse.  See 
  {Increase},  v.  i.] 
  1.  Addition  or  enlargement  in  size,  extent,  quantity,  number, 
  intensity,  value,  substance,  etc.;  augmentation;  growth. 
 
  As  if  increase  of  appetite  had  grown  By  what  if  fed 
  on  --Shak. 
 
  For  things  of  tender  kind  for  pleasure  made  Shoot  up 
  with  swift  increase,  and  sudden  are  decay'd. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  added  to  the  original  stock  by  augmentation 
  or  growth;  produce;  profit;  interest. 
 
  Take  thou  no  usury  of  him  or  increase.  --Lev.  xxv. 
  36. 
 
  Let  them  not  live  to  taste  this  land's  increase. 
  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Progeny;  issue;  offspring. 
 
  All  the  increase  of  thy  house  shall  die  in  the 
  flower  of  their  age.  --1  Sam.  ii 
  33. 
 
  4.  Generation.  [Obs.]  ``Organs  of  increase.''  --Shak. 
 
  5.  (Astron.)  The  period  of  increasing  light,  or  luminous 
  phase;  the  waxing;  --  said  of  the  moon. 
 
  Seeds,  hair,  nails,  hedges,  and  herbs  will  grow 
  soonest  if  set  or  cut  in  the  increase  of  the  moon. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  {Increase  twist},  the  twixt  of  a  rifle  groove  in  which  the 
  angle  of  twist  increases  from  the  breech  to  the  muzzle. 
 
  Syn:  Enlargement;  extension;  growth;  development;  increment; 
  addition;  accession;  production. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  increase 
  n  1:  a  quantity  that  is  added;  "there  was  an  addition  to  property 
  taxes  this  year";  "they  recorded  the  cattle's  gain  in 
  weight  over  a  period  of  weeks"  [syn:  {addition},  {gain}] 
  2:  a  change  resulting  in  an  increase;  "the  fare  increase  is 
  scheduled  for  next  month"  [ant:  {decrease}] 
  3:  a  process  of  becoming  larger;  "the  increase  in 
  unemployment";  "the  growth  of  population"  [syn:  {increment}, 
  {growth}]  [ant:  {decrease},  {decrease}] 
  4:  the  amount  by  which  something  increases;  "they  proposed  an 
  increase  of  15  percent  in  the  fare"  [syn:  {increment}] 
  [ant:  {decrease}] 
  5:  the  act  of  increasing  something  "he  gave  me  an  increase  in 
  salary"  [syn:  {step-up}]  [ant:  {decrease}] 
  v  1:  become  bigger  or  greater  in  amount;  "The  amount  of  work 
  increased"  [ant:  {decrease}] 
  2:  make  bigger  or  more  "The  boss  finally  increased  her  salary" 
  [ant:  {decrease}] 




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