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in•crease



Pronunciation: (
v.in-krēs';
n.in'krēs),
[key]
v., -creased, -creas•ing,
n.


v.t.
to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.

v.i.
1. to become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality: Sales of automobiles increased last year.
2. to multiply by propagation.
3. to wax, as the moon.

n.
1. growth or augmentation in numbers, size, strength, quality, etc.: the increase of crime.
2. the act or process of increasing.
3. that by which something is increased.
4. the result of increasing.
5. produce of the earth.
6. product; profit; interest.
7. Obs.
a. multiplication by propagation; production of offspring.
b. offspring; progeny.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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