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Webster 1913 Edition


Increase

In-crease′

,
Verb.
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
decrease
.
The waters
increased
and bare up the ark.
Gen. vii. 17.
He must
increase
, but I must decrease.
John iii. 30.
The heavens forbid
But that our loves and comforts should
increase
,
Even as our days do grow!
Shakespeare
2.
To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
Fishes are more numerous or
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
.
Syn. – To enlarge; extend; multiply; expand; develop; heighten; amplify; raise; enhance; spread; aggravate; magnify; augment; advance.
– 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.

In-crease′

,
Verb.
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, influence
.
I will
increase
the famine.
Ezek. v. 16.
Make denials
Increase
your services.
Shakespeare

In′crease

(?; 277)
,
Noun.
[OE.
encres
,
encresse
. See
Increase
,
Verb.
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 it fed on.
Shakespeare
For things of tender kind for pleasure made
Shoot up with swift
increase
, and sudden are decay'd.
Dryden.
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. 36.
Let them not live to taste this land's
increase
.
Shakespeare
3.
Progeny; issue; offspring.
All the
increase
of thy house shall die in the flower of their age.
1 Sam. ii. 33.
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.
Bacon.
Syn. – Enlargement; extension; growth; development; increment; addition; accession; production.

Webster 1828 Edition


Increase

INCRE'ASE

,
Verb.
I.
[L. incresco; in and cresco, to grow.]
1.
To become greater in bulk or quantity; to grow; to augment; as plants. Hence, to become more in number; to advance in value, or in any quality good or bad. Animal and vegetable bodies increase by natural growth; wealth increases by industry; heat increases, as the sun advances towards the meridian; a multitude increases by accession of numbers; knowledge increases with age and study; passion and enmity increase by irritation, and misery increases with vice.
The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another. 1 Thess.3.
2.
To become more violent; as, the fever increases; the pain increases; cold, wind or a storm increases.
3.
To become more bright or vivid; as, the light increases.
4.
To swell; to rise.
The waters increased and bore up the ark. Gen.7.
5.
To swell; to become louder, as sound.
6.
To become of more esteem and authority.
He must increase, but I must decrease. John.3.
7.
To enlarge, as the enlightened part of the moon's disk.

INCRE'ASE

,
Verb.
T.
To augment or make greater in bulk, quantity or amount; as, to increase wealth or treasure; to increase a sum or value.
1.
To advance in quality; to add to any quality or affection; as, to increase the strength of moral habits; to increase love, zeal or passion.
2.
To extend; to lengthen; as, to increase distance.
3.
To extend; to spread;as, to increase fame or renown.
4.
To aggravate; as, to increase guilt or trespass.

INCRE'ASE

,
Noun.
Augmentation; a growing larger; extension.
Of the increase of his government and peace, there shall be no end. Is.9.
1.
Increment; profit; interest; that which is added to the original stock.
Take thou no interest of him or increase; but fear thy God. Lev.25.
2.
Produce, as of land.
Then shall the earth yield her increase. Ps.67.
3.
Progeny; issue; offspring.
All the increase of thy house shall die in the flower of their age. 1 Sam. 2.
4.
Generation.
5.
The waxing of the moon; the augmentation of the luminous part of the moon, presented to the inhabitants of the earth.
Seeds, hair, nails, hedges and herbs will grow soonest,if set or cut in the increase of the moon.
6.
Augmentation of strength or violence; as increase of heat, love or other passion; increase of force.
7.
Augmentation of degree; as increase of happiness or misery.

Definition 2021


increase

increase

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Verb

increase (third-person singular simple present increases, present participle increasing, simple past and past participle increased)

  1. (intransitive) (of a quantity) To become larger.
    • Bible, Genesis vii. 17
      The waters increased and bare up the ark.
    • Shakespeare
      The heavens forbid / But that our loves and comforts should increase, / Even as our days do grow!
  2. (transitive) To make (a quantity) larger.
    • 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
      The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
  3. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
    • Sir M. Hale
      Fishes are more numerous of increasing than beasts or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn.
  4. (astronomy, intransitive) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax.
    The Moon increases.

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Noun

increase (countable and uncountable, plural increases)

  1. An amount by which a quantity is increased.
    • 2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, in American Scientist:
      Surprisingly, this analysis revealed that acute exposure to solvent vapors at concentrations below those associated with long-term effects appears to increase the risk of a fatal automobile accident. Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.
  2. For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger
  3. (knitting) The creation of one or more new stitches; see Increase (knitting).

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