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- I UK [ɪnˈkriːs] / US [ɪnˈkrɪs]
Word forms "increase":
present tense I/you/we/they increase he/she/it increases present participle increasing past tense increased past participle increasedOther ways of saying increase:be/go up to increase: used for talking about prices or levels: House prices went up a further 12 per cent last year. push up to make something increase: used for talking about prices or levels: It is feared that the new taxes will push up fuel prices. rise to increase: The number of complaints rose to record levels. soar to increase quickly and to a very high level: used mainly in journalism: Share prices have soared to an all-time high. rocket or skyrocket (informal) to increase quickly and suddenly: used mainly in journalism: Bad weather means fresh fruit prices are set to rocket. mount to increase steadily: The chairman is under mounting pressure to resign. be on the increase to be increasing steadily: New cases of breast cancer seem to be on the increase. double to increase to twice the original amount or level: Oil prices have more than doubled since last year. treble to increase to three times the original amount or level: The last six months have seen the company's value treble.a) [intransitive] to become larger in amount or numberincrease by:
Our costs increased dramatically over the last decade.increase in:
The population has increased by 15 per cent.increase with:
The club has been increasing in popularity.an increasing number/proportion etc:
The chances of having twins increase with a mother's age.
An increasing number of people are choosing not to have children.b) [transitive] to make something become larger in amount or number
We have managed to increase the number of patients treated.
Sunbathing increases your risk of getting skin cancer.
II UK [ˈɪŋkriːs] / US [ˈɪnˌkrɪs] noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "increase":
singular increase plural increasesGet it right: increase:Don't use increase of when you want to say what is increasing. Use increase in:
Wrong: Is gun ownership connected with the increase of violent crime?
Right: Is gun ownership connected with the increase in violent crime?
Wrong: The depletion of the ozone layer could cause a serious increase of skin cancer.
Right: The depletion of the ozone layer could cause a serious increase in skin cancer. Use increase of with a number or percentage when you want to talk about the amount by which something increases: There has been an increase of nearly 30% in spending on hospitals. ➡ decreasea rise in the number, amount, or degree of somethingincrease in:price/tax/wage increase:
There has been a significant increase in the number of young people who smoke.be on the increase (= be increasing):
Sales have been good despite last year's price increases.
Workplace stress is on the increase.•
Adjectives frequently used with increase
▪ dramatic, huge, large, marked, massive, sharp, significant, substantial Verbs frequently used with increase as the object ▪ achieve, cause, produce, receive, report, represent, show
English dictionary. 2014.