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English noun: increase

1. increase (quantity) a quantity that is added

SamplesThere was an addition to property taxes this year.
They recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks.

Synonymsaddition, gain

Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity

Narrower (hyponym)accretion

2. increase (event) a change resulting in an increase

SamplesThe increase is scheduled for next month.

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)augmentation, concentration, explosion, jump, leap, run-up, runup, waxing

Antonymsdecrease, lessening, drop-off

3. increase (process) a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

SamplesThe increase in unemployment.
The growth of population.

Synonymsgrowth, increment

Broader (hypernym)physical process, process

Narrower (hyponym)accession, accretion, accretion, accretion, accretion, accumulation, broadening, multiplication, population growth, proliferation, pullulation, relaxation, widening

Antonymsdecrease, decrement

4. increase (attribute) the amount by which something increases

SamplesThey proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare.


Broader (hypernym)amount

Narrower (hyponym)amplification, boost, cost increase, fare increase, gain, hike, hike, price increase, raise, rise, rise, salary increase, supplement, supplementation, tax boost, tax hike, tax-increase, up-tick, wage hike, wage increase

Antonymsdecrement, decrease

5. increase (act) the act of increasing something

SamplesHe gave me an increase in salary.


Broader (hypernym)change of magnitude

Narrower (hyponym)accrual, accruement, accumulation, addition, advance, aggrandisement, aggrandizement, amplification, appreciation, augmentation, elevation, enlargement, escalation, exaggeration, expanding upon, expansion, expansion, inclusion, intensification, intensification, maximation, maximisation, maximization, rise, split, split up, stock split, strengthening, surge, upsurge

Antonymsreduction, step-down, diminution, decrease

English verb: increase

1. increase (change) become bigger or greater in amount

SamplesThe amount of work increased.

ExamplesTheir earnings increase this year

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change magnitude

Narrower (hyponym)accrue, accumulate, add, add to, amass, appreciate, apprise, apprize, broaden, climb, compound, conglomerate, crescendo, cumulate, deepen, deepen, explode, full, gain, gather, gather, grow, heighten, intensify, intensify, irrupt, mount, pile up, pullulate, pyramid, revalue, rise, shoot up, snowball, spike, swell, wax, wax, widen

Antonymsdecrease, diminish, lessen, fall

2. increase (change) make bigger or more

SamplesThe boss finally increased her salary.
The university increased the number of students it admitted.

ExamplesThey increase their earnings this year

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)advance, amplify, augment, blow up, blow up, boost, boost, broaden, build, build up, build up, enlarge, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, extend, heighten, heighten, inflate, intensify, kite, lengthen, magnify, manifold, maximise, maximize, multiply, raise, ramp up, regenerate, rev, rev up, rev up, rise, step up, step up, stretch, supercharge, up, widen, work up

Antonymsminify, decrease, lessen

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