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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
increase (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
to become progressively greater (as in size, amount, number, or intensity)
2.
transitive verb
to multiply by the production of young
1.
to make greater - augment
2.
obsolete - enrich
increase (noun)
1.
the act or process of as - increasing
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)
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
increase (noun)
1.
something added (as by growth)
SYNONIMS:
accretion, accrual, addendum, addition, augmentation, boost, expansion, gain, increment, more, plus, proliferation, raise, rise, step-up, supplement, uptick
RELATED WORDS:
accumulation, assemblage, collection, gathering; complement; accession, appendix, continuation, extension, uptrend, upturn; jump, run-up, spike
NEAR ANTONYMS:
deduction, subtraction
abatement, decline, decrease, decrement, depletion, diminishment, diminution, drop-off, fall, falloff, lessening, loss, lowering, reduction, shrinkage, step-down
increase (noun)
2.
the act or process of becoming greater in number
SYNONIMS:
accumulating, accumulation, addition, increase, mushrooming, proliferation
RELATED WORDS:
doubling, quadrupling, tripling; creep, growth, rise, spread; enlargement, escalation, expansion; amplification, distension ( distention), inflation; accretion, accrual, augmentation, cumulation; extension, lengthening; boost, gain, hike, increment, rise
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abatement, compressing, compression, condensation, condensing, constricting, constriction, contracting, contraction, diminishing, diminishment, diminution, drop, drop-off, fall, falloff, lessening, lowering, reduction, shrinkage, shrinking; retrenching, retrenchment, shortening
decrease
increase (verb)
1.
to make greater in size, amount, or number
SYNONIMS:
accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, build up, compound, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, hype, multiply, pump up, raise, swell, stoke, supersize, up
RELATED WORDS:
boom, jump, skyrocket, spike; bump (up), ratchet (up) rachet (up); blow up, dilate, distend, inflate; draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch; develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; complement, supplement; beef (up), reinforce ( reenforce), strengthen; maximize; accumulate, amass, collect; follow up, parlay
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; compress, condense, constrict, contract; cut back, retrench
abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)
increase (verb)
2.
to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number
SYNONIMS:
accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon ( bourgeon), climb, enlarge, escalate, expand, gain, mount, multiply, mushroom, proliferate, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, wax
RELATED WORDS:
jump, rocket, skyrocket, surge; heighten, intensify, redouble; blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up); crescendo, crest, peak
contract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane
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