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verb increase pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈkriːs/
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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 per cent.

    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.



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