increase

increase
1 /In'kri:s/ verb
1 (I) to become larger in amount, number, or degree: The population of London increased dramatically in the first half of the century. | The pain increased steadily until I could think of nothing else. | increase in value/price/importance etc: Investments are certain to increase in value.
(+ by): Food prices increased by 10% in less than a year. —see raise 1
2 (T) to make something larger in amount, number, or degree: Now they want to increase our rents! | Political tensions that might increase the likelihood of a nuclear war.
— increasing adjective: There is increasing difficulty in finding trained staff. —opposite decrease 1, —compare reduce 2 /'Inkri:s/ noun (C, U) a rise in amount, number, or degree (+ in): an increase in the crime rate | pay/price/tax increase: Recent tax increases have affected the poor more than the rich. | be on the increase (=be increasing): Diseases like TB and pneumonia are on the increase.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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