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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈkɹiːsɪŋ/
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  • Hyphenation: in‧creas‧ing
  • Rhymes: -iːsɪŋ

Etymology 1[edit]

From increase +‎ -ing.


increasing (not comparable)

  1. on the increase.
    steadily increasing demand
    • 2019 August 30, Jonathan Watts, “Amazon fires show world heading for point of no return, says UN”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The world’s environmental crises are an increasing concern in international politics. Deforestation of the Amazon was high on the agenda of this week’s G7 meeting in Biarritz, France. In September, world leaders will gather in New York for a climate action summit.
Derived terms[edit]



  1. present participle and gerund of increase
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
    • 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19:
      It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today […].

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English encresing, equivalent to increase +‎ -ing.


increasing (plural increasings)

  1. (knitting) An increase.
    • 1864, The Ladies' Companion and Monthly Magazine, page 277:
      Now begin the increasings for the chest by making 2 stitches in the fourth stitch; repeat this, increasing in every fourth row, but 1 stitch further each time, so as to form a slanting line, the same as a dress-pleat.