- increase in‧crease 1 [ɪnˈkriːs] verb1. [intransitive] to become larger in amount, number, or degree:
• Manufacturing output increased 0.6% in July.
• Sales increased to 11.5 million tons from 11 million tons.increase in
• The yen is forecast to increase in value over the next year.
• The oil that it uses has increased in price to $13 a barrel.2. [transitive] to make something larger in amount, number, or degree:
• The rail company increased the number of passengers it carried last year by 14%.
• He has increased the number of his licensing agreements.— increasing adjective [only before a noun] :
• There is increasing difficulty in finding trained staff.
* * *Ⅰ.increase UK US /ɪnˈkriːs/ verb [I or T]► to become larger in amount or size, or to make something do this: increase by sth »
Sales have increased by 10%.increase to sth »
Our gross margin increased to 24%.increase in price/size/value »
Over the past two years the department has increased in size.the number/rate/level increases »
Staffing numbers increase during the summer months.increase gradually/slowly/steadily »
Bookings are increasing steadily.»
Interest rates have increased slightly.increase dramatically/rapidly/significantly »
The volume of work has increased dramatically.increase efficiency/production/productivity »
The new measures are intended to increase efficiency.»
to increase costs/prices/sales»
This process greatly increases manufacturing speeds.increasing adjective► »
An increasing number of customers shop online.increasingly adverb► »
Borrowers are becoming increasingly aware of their options, and tend to shop around.Ⅱ.increase UK US /ˈɪnkriːs/ noun [C or U]► a situation in which the number, size, or amount of something gets bigger: a pay/price/tax increase »
Customers stocked up, anticipating a January price increase.an increase in sth »
Businesses are facing a 12% increase in energy costs.an increase of sth »
Revenue last year was $347 million, an increase of 26%.»
a dramatic/significant/substantial increase»
a small/slight/steady increase● on the increase — Cf. on the increase
Financial and business terms. 2012.