Increase vs Adjunct - What's the difference?

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Increase is a related term of adjunct.

As nouns the difference between increase and adjunct

is that increase is an amount by which a quantity is increased while adjunct is an appendage; something attached to something else in a subordinate capacity.

As a verb increase

is (of a quantity) to become larger.

As an adjective adjunct is

connected in a subordinate function.



Alternative forms

* encrease


  • (of a quantity) To become larger.
  • * Bible, Genesis vii. 17
  • The waters increased and bare up the ark.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The heavens forbid / But that our loves and comforts should increase , / Even as our days do grow!
  • To make (a quantity) larger.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders, magazine=(American Scientist)
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  • To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
  • * Sir M. Hale
  • Fishes are more numerous of increasing than beasts or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn.
  • (astronomy) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax.
  • The Moon increases .


    * (become larger) go up, grow, rise, soar (rapidly), shoot up (rapidly) * (make larger) increment, raise, (informal) up


    * (become larger) decrease, drop, fall, go down, plummet (rapidly), plunge (rapidly), reduce, shrink, sink * (make larger) cut, decrease, decrement, lower, reduce

    Derived terms

    * increasable


    (en noun)
  • An amount by which a quantity is increased.
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  • For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger
  • (knitting) The creation of one or more new stitches; see .
  • Synonyms

    * (amount by which a quantity is increased) gain, increment, raise, rise


    * (amount by which a quantity is increased) cut, decrease, decrement, drop, fall, loss, lowering, reduction, shrinkage



    (en noun)
  • An appendage; something attached to something else in a subordinate capacity.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Learning is but an adjunct to our self.
  • A person associated with another, usually in a subordinate position; a colleague.
  • (Wotton)
  • (grammar) A dispensable phrase in a clause or sentence that amplifies its meaning, such as "for a while" in "I typed for a while".
  • (rhetoric) Symploce.
  • (dated, metaphysics) A quality or property of the body or mind, whether natural or acquired, such as colour in the body or judgement in the mind.
  • (music) A key or scale closely related to another as principal; a relative or attendant key.
  • (syntax, X-bar theory) A constituent which is both the daughter and the sister of an X-bar.
  • *
  • We can see from (34) that Determiners are sisters of N-bar and daughters of
    N-double-bar; Adjuncts' are both sisters and daughters of N-bar; and Comple-
    ments are sisters of N and daughters of N-bar. This means that '''Adjuncts''' re-
    semble Complements in that both are daughters of N-bar; but they differ from
    Complements in that '''Adjuncts''' are sisters of N-bar, whereas Complements are
    sisters of N. Likewise, it means that '''Adjuncts''' resemble Determiners in that
    both are sisters of N-bar, but they differ from Determiners in that '

    are daughters of N-bar, whereas Determiners are daughters of N-double-bar.

    Derived terms

    * adjuncthood * adjunctive


    (en adjective)
  • Connected in a subordinate function.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Though that my death were adjunct to my act.
  • Added to a faculty or staff in a secondary position.