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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.


Synonymsincrement


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.


Synonymsstep-up


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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