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verb increase pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈkris/
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present tense
present participleincreasing
past tenseincreased
past participleincreased
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  1. [intransitive] to become larger in amount or number
    Our costs increased dramatically over the last decade.
    increase by: The population has increased by 15 percent.
    increase in: The club has been increasing in popularity.
    increase with: The chances of having twins increase with a mother’s age.
    an increasing number/proportion etc.: An increasing number of people are choosing not to have children.
    1. a.
      [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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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