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 for Increase
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Increase \In*crease"\, v. 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.]
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     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
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              The waters increased and bare up the ark. --Gen.
                                                    vii. 17.
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              He must increase, but I must decrease. --John iii.
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              The heavens forbid
              But that our loves and comforts should increase,
              Even as our days do grow!             --Shak.
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     2. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile,
        fruitful, or prolific.
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              Fishes are more numerous or increasing than beasts
              or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn. --Sir
                                                    M. Hale.
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     3. (Astron.) To become more nearly full; to show more of the
        surface; to wax; as, the moon increases.
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     Increasing function (Math.), a function whose value
        increases when that of the variable increases, and
        decreases when the latter is diminished; also called a
        monotonically increasing function.
     Syn: To enlarge; extend; multiply; expand; develop; heighten;
          amplify; raise; enhance; spread; aggravate; magnify;
          augment; advance.
     Usage: 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Increase \In*crease"\, v. 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,
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           I will increase the famine.              --Ezek. v. 16.
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           Make denials
           Increase your services.                  --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Increase \In"crease\ (?; 277), n. [OE. encres, encresse. See
     Increase, v. i.]
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     1. Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number,
        intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.
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              As if increase of appetite had grown
              By what it fed on.                    --Shak.
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              For things of tender kind for pleasure made
              Shoot up with swift increase, and sudden are
              decay'd.                              --Dryden.
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     2. That which is added to the original stock by augmentation
        or growth; produce; profit; interest.
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              Take thou no usury of him, or increase. --Lev. xxv.
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              Let them not live to taste this land's increase.
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     3. Progeny; issue; offspring.
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              All the increase of thy house shall die in the
              flower of their age.                  --1 Sam. ii.
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     4. Generation. [Obs.] "Organs of increase." --Shak.
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     5. (Astron.) The period of increasing light, or luminous
        phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon.
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              Seeds, hair, nails, hedges, and herbs will grow
              soonest if set or cut in the increase of the moon.
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     Increase twist, the twixt of a rifle groove in which the
        angle of twist increases from the breech to the muzzle.
     Syn: Enlargement; extension; growth; development; increment;
          addition; accession; production.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a quantity that is added; "there was an addition to
           property taxes this year"; "they recorded the cattle's gain
           in weight over a period of weeks" [syn: addition,
           increase, gain]
      2: a change resulting in an increase; "the increase is scheduled
         for next month" [ant: decrease, drop-off, lessening]
      3: a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or
         more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth
         of population" [syn: increase, increment, growth] [ant:
         decrease, decrement]
      4: the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an
         increase of 15 percent in the fare" [syn: increase,
         increment] [ant: decrease, decrement]
      5: the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in
         salary" [syn: increase, step-up] [ant: decrease,
         diminution, reduction, step-down]
      v 1: become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work
           increased" [ant: decrease, diminish, fall, lessen]
      2: make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary";
         "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
         [ant: decrease, lessen, minify]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  320 Moby Thesaurus words for "increase":
     accession, accessory, accompaniment, accretion, accrue, accumulate,
     add to, addenda, addendum, additament, addition, additive,
     additory, additum, adjunct, adjunction, adjuvant, advance,
     affixation, agent provocateur, agglutination, aggrandize,
     aggrandizement, aggravate, aggravation, ampliation, amplification,
     amplify, anabasis, annex, annexation, annoy, annoyance, appanage,
     appendage, appendant, apportion, appreciate, appurtenance,
     appurtenant, ascension, ascent, attachment, augment, augmentation,
     balloon, beef up, better, bloat, blossom, blow up, boom, boost,
     breakthrough, breed, brew, broaden, broadening, build, build up,
     bulk, bulk out, burgeon, calibrate, calibrated, clamber, climb,
     climbing, coda, complement, compound, concomitant, contentiousness,
     continuation, corollary, count, crescendo, decrease, deepen,
     deepening, deliberate aggravation, deployment, deteriorate,
     deterioration, develop, developing, development, differentiate,
     dilate, dispersion, distend, divide, elevation, elongate, embitter,
     embittering, embitterment, enhance, enhancement, enlarge,
     enlargement, escalade, escalating, escalation, exacerbate,
     exacerbation, exalt, exasperate, exasperation, expand, expanding,
     expansion, extend, extension, extrapolation, fanning out, fatten,
     fill out, fix, fixture, flare, flourish, fortify, fountain,
     further, gain, gain strength, gains, gather, germinate, get ahead,
     go up, gradational, grade, gradual, graduate, graduated, greaten,
     grow, grow up, growing, growth, gush, gyring up, heat up, heighten,
     heightening, hierarchic, hike, hike up, hiking, hot up, huff,
     hypertrophy, improve, increasing, increment, inflate, inflation,
     inmate, intensification, intensify, irritate, irritation, jack up,
     jet, joining, jump, jump up, junction, juxtaposition, leap,
     lengthen, levitation, magnification, magnify, make acute,
     make worse, manifold, mature, maximize, measure, mount, mounting,
     multiple, multiplication, multiplication table, multiplier,
     multiply, multiplying, mushroom, number, offshoot, on the increase,
     outgrow, overdevelop, overgrow, overtop, parcel, parlay, pendant,
     plus, prefixation, procreate, profits, progressive, proliferate,
     proliferating, proliferation, prolong, protract, provocation,
     provoke, puff, puff up, pullulate, pump, pump up, push, put up,
     pyramid, quantify, quantize, raise, raising, rarefy, rate, recruit,
     reduce, regular, reinforce, reinforcement, reproduce, rise, rising,
     rocketing up, run up, saltation, scalar, shade off, sharpen,
     sharpening, shoot up, shooting up, side effect, side issue,
     snowball, soaring, sour, souring, splay, spout, spread, spreading,
     spring, spring up, sprout, sprout up, spurt, strengthen, stretch,
     suffixation, sufflate, superaddition, superfetation, superjunction,
     superposition, supplement, supplementation, surge, swarm, swell,
     tables, tailpiece, takeoff, taking off, teem, thicken, thrive,
     tower, tumefy, undergirding, uniting, up, upclimb, upcoming,
     updraft, upgang, upgo, upgoing, upgrade, upgrowth, uphill, upleap,
     uplift, upping, uprisal, uprise, uprising, uprush, upshoot,
     upslope, upspear, upspring, upsprout, upsurge, upsurgence, upsweep,
     upswing, vault, vegetate, vise, wax, waxing, widen, widening,
     winnings, worsen, worsening, zooming

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