Hypertext Webster Gateway: "increase"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Increase \In*crease"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Increased}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Increasing}.] [OE. incresen, encresen, enrescen, OF.
encreistre, fr. L. increscere; pref. in- in + crescere to
grow. See {Crescent}, and cf. {Decrease}.]
1. To become greater or more in size, quantity, number,
degree, value, intensity, power, authority, reputation,
wealth; to grow; to augment; to advance; -- opposed to

The waters increased and bare up the ark. --Gen.
vii. 17.

He must increase, but I must decrease. --John iii.

The heavens forbid But that our loves and comforts
should increase, Even as our days do grow! --Shak.

2. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile,
fruitful, or prolific.

Fishes are more numerous of increasing than beasts
or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn. --Sir
M. Hale.

3. (Astron.) To become more nearly full; to show more of the
surface; to wax; as, the moon increases.

{Increasing function} (Math.), a function whose value
increases when that of the variable increases, and
decreases when the latter is diminished.

Syn: To enlarge; extend; multiply; expand; develop; heighten;
amplify; raise; enhance; spread; aggravate; magnify;
augment; advance.

Usage: To {Increase}, {Enlarge}, {Extend}. Enlarge implies to
make larger or broader in size. Extend marks the
progress of enlargement so as to have wider
boundaries. Increase denotes enlargement by growth and
internal vitality, as in the case of plants. A kingdom
is enlarged by the addition of new territories; the
mind is enlarged by knowledge. A kingdom is extended
when its boundaries are carried to a greater distance
from the center. A man's riches, honors, knowledge,
etc., are increased by accessions which are made from
time to time.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Increase \In*crease"\, v. t.
To augment or make greater in bulk, quantity, extent, value,
or amount, etc.; to add to; to extend; to lengthen; to
enhance; to aggravate; as, to increase one's possessions,

I will increase the famine. --Ezek. v. 16.

Make denials Increase your services. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Increase \In"crease\ (?; 277), n. [OE. encres, encresse. See
{Increase}, v. i.]
1. Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number,
intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.

As if increase of appetite had grown By what if fed
on. --Shak.

For things of tender kind for pleasure made Shoot up
with swift increase, and sudden are decay'd.

2. That which is added to the original stock by augmentation
or growth; produce; profit; interest.

Take thou no usury of him, or increase. --Lev. xxv.

Let them not live to taste this land's increase.

3. Progeny; issue; offspring.

All the increase of thy house shall die in the
flower of their age. --1 Sam. ii.

4. Generation. [Obs.] ``Organs of increase.'' --Shak.

5. (Astron.) The period of increasing light, or luminous
phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon.

Seeds, hair, nails, hedges, and herbs will grow
soonest if set or cut in the increase of the moon.

{Increase twist}, the twixt of a rifle groove in which the
angle of twist increases from the breech to the muzzle.

Syn: Enlargement; extension; growth; development; increment;
addition; accession; production.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a quantity that is added; "there was an addition to property
taxes this year"; "they recorded the cattle's gain in
weight over a period of weeks" [syn: {addition}, {gain}]
2: a change resulting in an increase; "the increase is
scheduled for next month" [ant: {decrease}]
3: a process of becoming larger or more numerous or more
important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of
population" [syn: {increment}, {growth}] [ant: {decrease},
4: the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an
increase of 15 percent in the fare" [syn: {increment}]
[ant: {decrease}]
5: the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in
salary" [syn: {step-up}] [ant: {decrease}]
v 1: become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work
increased" [ant: {decrease}]
2: make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"
[ant: {decrease}]

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