big, considerable, dramatic, drastic, enormous, exponential, huge, large, major, marked, massive, significant, substantial, vast
moderate, modest, slight, small
rapid, sharp, steep, sudden
gradual, incremental, progressive, steady
fivefold, tenfold, etc.
10%, etc.
double-digit (esp. AmE)

Sales of beef have experienced double-digit increases.

concomitant (formal), corresponding, proportional, resulting

Their reputation has improved, bringing a corresponding increase in revenues.

average, mean

The average increase in value last year was 4.3%.

net, overall, total

The pay rise represented an across-the-board increase of between 9% for the highest paid and 32% for the lowest paid worker.

annual, monthly, etc.
projected, proposed

Retirement planning often starts with projected cost-of-living increases.

pay, salary, wage
budget, dividend, fare, price, rent, spending, tax, tuition (AmE)
population, productivity, temperature
demonstrate, experience, see, show

Many parts of the country have experienced an increase in unemployment.

This year saw an increase in the number of job applicants.

Profits show a steady increase.


The country is enjoying the biggest increase in business confidence for years.


We achieved a small increase in profits of £3 257.

bring, bring about, cause, lead to, produce, result in

Intensive farming has brought about an increase in outbreaks of food poisoning.

The war resulted in a massive increase in government spending.


You would expect to observe an increase in births during peacetime.


Some companies are predicting price increases of 30% or more.

propose, suggest

He proposed a large tax increase.

indicate, reflect, represent

Improved profitability may indicate an increase in competitiveness.

be accompanied by, involve, mean

The measures to improve the health service will involve an increase in government spending.

announce, post, report

The company reported a 9.5% increase in third quarter losses.

on the increase

Burglaries in the area are on the increase.

increase in

There has been an increase in demand for two-bedroom houses.

increase on, increase over

The figures show a sharp increase on last year's turnover.

increase to

a dividend increase to 11.4 pence

a rate of increase
considerably, dramatically, drastically, enormously, exponentially, greatly, markedly, significantly, substantially, tremendously, vastly
gradually, progressively

Progressively increase the intensity of the exercise over three weeks.

rapidly, sharply, steeply
twofold, threefold, etc.

Sales increased almost fourfold in this period.

be expected to, be likely to

Demand is expected to increase over the next decade.


The budget has increased by more than a third in the last year.


to increase in amount/number/price/size


Last month the reward was increased from $20 000 to $40 000.


Disability increases with age.

Increase is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑amount, ↑appetite, ↑asset, ↑attendance, ↑awareness, ↑catch, ↑circulation, ↑concentration, ↑confidence, ↑consumption, ↑cost, ↑count, ↑crime, ↑deficit, ↑demand, ↑density, ↑discomfort, ↑emission, ↑employment, ↑enrolment, ↑expenditure, ↑expense, ↑export, ↑fare, ↑fee, ↑funding, ↑heat, ↑humidity, ↑import, ↑incidence, ↑income, ↑index, ↑inequality, ↑inflation, ↑investment, ↑length, ↑light, ↑margin, ↑migration, ↑momentum, ↑mortality, ↑noise, ↑number, ↑odds, ↑output, ↑pace, ↑pain, ↑participation, ↑percentage, ↑population, ↑premium, ↑pressure, ↑price, ↑production, ↑productivity, ↑profit, ↑proportion, ↑rate, ↑reliability, ↑rent, ↑return, ↑revenue, ↑salary, ↑sale, ↑scope, ↑size, ↑speed, ↑stature, ↑stock, ↑strength, ↑supply, ↑tax, ↑temperature, ↑tension, ↑tourism, ↑trade, ↑traffic, ↑turnover, ↑unemployment, ↑usage, ↑value, ↑velocity, ↑violence, ↑volume, ↑vote, ↑wage, ↑weight, ↑width, ↑wind, ↑workforce, ↑workload
Increase is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accountability, ↑accuracy, ↑allocation, ↑amount, ↑angle, ↑anxiety, ↑appeal, ↑appetite, ↑appreciation, ↑asset, ↑attendance, ↑availability, ↑awareness, ↑base, ↑benefit, ↑bid, ↑blood pressure, ↑budget, ↑burden, ↑bureaucracy, ↑capability, ↑capacity, ↑chance, ↑charge, ↑cholesterol, ↑circulation, ↑clarity, ↑clout, ↑competence, ↑competition, ↑complexity, ↑concentration, ↑confidence, ↑congestion, ↑consumption, ↑cooperation, ↑cost, ↑count, ↑credibility, ↑danger, ↑deficit, ↑demand, ↑density, ↑dependence, ↑diameter, ↑difficulty, ↑disparity, ↑diversity, ↑dividend, ↑dosage, ↑dose, ↑duration, ↑duty, ↑earnings, ↑effectiveness, ↑efficiency, ↑effort, ↑employment, ↑endurance, ↑engagement, ↑enjoyment, ↑enrolment, ↑erosion, ↑excise, ↑expenditure, ↑export, ↑exposure, ↑extent, ↑fare, ↑fee, ↑fine, ↑fitness, ↑flexibility, ↑flow, ↑force, ↑frequency, ↑funding, ↑gain, ↑height, ↑hold, ↑humidity, ↑immigration, ↑impact, ↑importance, ↑incentive, ↑incidence, ↑income, ↑inequality, ↑influence, ↑intake, ↑intensity, ↑interest, ↑investment, ↑knowledge, ↑lead, ↑length, ↑level, ↑leverage, ↑likelihood, ↑limit, ↑literacy, ↑majority, ↑manpower, ↑margin, ↑membership, ↑mobility, ↑momentum, ↑mortality, ↑motivation, ↑number, ↑occurrence, ↑odds, ↑offer, ↑output, ↑overdraft, ↑pace, ↑pain, ↑participation, ↑pay, ↑payment, ↑penalty, ↑penetration, ↑pension, ↑per cent, ↑performance, ↑point, ↑pool, ↑potency, ↑potential, ↑power, ↑precision, ↑premium, ↑presence, ↑prestige, ↑price, ↑probability, ↑production, ↑productivity, ↑proficiency, ↑profile, ↑profit, ↑profitability, ↑quota, ↑range, ↑rate, ↑ratio, ↑reach, ↑relevance, ↑reliability, ↑reliance, ↑rent, ↑repertoire, ↑representation, ↑reserve, ↑resilience, ↑return, ↑revenue, ↑risk, ↑role, ↑safety, ↑salary, ↑sale, ↑saving, ↑scale, ↑scope, ↑score, ↑security, ↑self-confidence, ↑setting, ↑severity, ↑share, ↑size, ↑skill, ↑speculation, ↑speed, ↑spending, ↑stability, ↑stake, ↑stamina, ↑stock, ↑strain, ↑strength, ↑stress, ↑subsidy, ↑success, ↑suffering, ↑supply, ↑support, ↑surveillance, ↑tariff, ↑tax, ↑taxation, ↑temperature, ↑tempo, ↑tendency, ↑tension, ↑tolerance, ↑tourism, ↑trade, ↑traffic, ↑tuition, ↑turnout, ↑turnover, ↑uncertainty, ↑understanding, ↑unemployment, ↑unpopularity, ↑urgency, ↑usage, ↑use, ↑usefulness, ↑utility, ↑value, ↑velocity, ↑vigilance, ↑visibility, ↑vitality, ↑vocabulary, ↑voltage, ↑volume, ↑vulnerability, ↑wage, ↑wastage, ↑wealth, ↑width, ↑workforce, ↑workload, ↑worry, ↑worth

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