I. verb (increased; increasing) Etymology: Middle English encresen, from Anglo-French encreistre, from Latin increscere, from in- + crescere to grow — more at crescent Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to become progressively greater (as in size, amount, number, or intensity) 2. to multiply by the production of young transitive verb 1. to make greater ; augment 2. obsolete enrichincreasable adjectiveincreaser noun Synonyms: increase, enlarge, augment, multiply mean to make or become greater. increase used intransitively implies progressive growth in size, amount, or intensity <
his waistline increased with age
; used transitively it may imply simple not necessarily progressive addition <
increased her landholdings
. enlarge implies expansion or extension that makes greater in size or capacity <
enlarged the kitchen
. augment implies addition to what is already well grown or well developed <
the inheritance augmented his fortune
. multiply implies increase in number by natural generation or by indefinite repetition of a process <
with each attempt the problems multiplied
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. the act or process of increasing: as a. addition or enlargement in size, extent, or quantity b. obsolete propagation 2. something that is added to an original stock or amount by augmentation or growth (as offspring, produce, profit)

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