increase - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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  1. a rise in the number, amount, or degree of something
    increase in:

    There has been a significant increase in the number of young people who smoke.

    price/tax/wage increase:

    Sales have been good despite last year’s price increases.

    be on the increase (=be increasing):

    Workplace stress is on the increase.