—v.t. to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
—v.i. 1. to become greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality: Sales of automobiles increased last year. 2. to multiply by propagation.
3. to wax, as the moon.
—n. 1. growth or augmentation in numbers, size, strength, quality, etc.: the increase of crime. 2. the act or process of increasing.
3. that by which something is increased.
4. the result of increasing.
5. produce of the earth.
6. product; profit; interest.
7. Obs. a. multiplication by propagation; production of offspring.
b. offspring; progeny.