increase


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

increase (something) by (something)

To expand something to a certain extent. Our aggressive new marketing campaign has increased our small company by 25 percent in the past year. What was once a tiny local choir club has increased by leaps and bounds over the years, becoming one of the state's largest organized choir communities.
See also: by, increase

increase (something) from (something)

To expand something or make it larger. We really need to increase this photo from an 8x10—is that possible? You really need to increase your 401k contribution from a measly $20 a month.
See also: increase

increase by leaps and bounds

To expand or grow rapidly or by very large degrees. Our small company has been increasing by leaps and bounds over the past year, thanks in no small part to our aggressive new marketing campaign. What was once a tiny local choir club has increased by leaps and bounds over the years, becoming one of the state's largest organized choir communities.
See also: and, bound, by, increase, leap

increase in (something)

To develop a particular quality or aptitude over time. Bobby has increased in maturity so much this summer—he's not the troublemaker he once was.
See also: increase

on the increase

Increasing or growing steadily or rapidly. Infection rates are on the increase in the area due to inadequate access to clean water. Demand for the unusual cheese has been on the increase ever since it was featured on a popular cooking show.
See also: increase, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

increase by leaps and bounds

Fig. to increase or grow by large increments. (See also gain by leaps and bounds.) The price of our stock is increasing by leaps and bounds.
See also: and, bound, by, increase, leap

increase in something

to grow or expand in some quality. He increased in stature and wisdom. The tree increased in size every year.
See also: increase

increase something by something

to enlarge something by an amount or degree. They increased the size of the house by two hundred square feet. The engine size on the new model has been increased by a small amount.
See also: by, increase

increase something (from something) (to something)

to enlarge something from something to something bigger; to enlarge something from one size to a larger size. We plan to increase sales from four million to six million dollars. I increased my bid to two thousand from one thousand.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on the increase

Growing, especially in frequency of occurrence, as in Violent crime is on the increase. [Mid-1700s]
See also: increase, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on the increase

Increasing, especially in frequency of occurrence: Crime is on the increase.
See also: increase, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
After ethnicity and number of live births were taken into account, women with a BRCA1 mutation who had ever used oral contraceptives had a significant 20% increase in the odds of breast cancer relative to those who had never used them.
Collectively, law enforcement agencies in three of the nation's four geographical regions reported increases in their Crime Index totals.
"We have seen the largest monthly employment increase since June of 1989," Vescio says.
Under the new law, the limit jumped to $7,000 in 2002 and will increase by $1,000 a year until 2005 when it tops out at $10,000.
* Security (guards, private detectives, and investigators); airports, real estate firms, and hospitals will drive the more than 36% increase in security services.
One- to twofold annual increases in syphilis incidence were recorded by the early 1990s, with a 50-fold increase in 1997 compared with 1990 (Table); however, the rate of increase has slowed since 1996 and even decreased from 1997 to 1999 (7).
While increases in legal costs were less than 3% from 1992 through 1995, these costs also have shown larger increases: 5% for 1999 and an estimated 5.3% for 2000.
For compounded TPOs, it issued a 6[cent]/lb increase to be effective May 1.
Competitive access providers (CAPs) increased their fiber deployment by 1.2 million fiber miles in 1998 to a total of three million fiber miles, which represents a 66 percent increase over 1997.
(This is, incidentally, a 57 percent increase in the cost to employers; you have to have a lot of faith in Card-Krueger not to worry that some jobs might be lost.) According to their numbers, that family would currently pay less than $900 in taxes while receiving some $9,700 in benefits such as food stamps, Earned Income Tax Credit, and health care.
The further advance reflected moderating but still sizable increases in business fixed investment and consumer spending and an upturn in business inventory accumulation.
However, prices of medical services slowed to a 1.5-percent increase, the smallest in 11 years.
Implementing these economic opportunities could increase carbon storage by about 188 million tons a year.
Verbal persuasion provides another method to increase self-efficacy.
Overall, the $1.52 trillion federal spending blueprint includes essentially no increase for research and development (R&D) in fiscal year (FY) 1994, which begins Oct.