Increase vs Deepen - What's the difference?

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Increase is a related term of deepen.

In lang=en terms the difference between increase and deepen

is that increase is to make (a quantity) larger while deepen is to become lower in tone.

As verbs the difference between increase and deepen

is that increase is (of a quantity) to become larger while deepen is to make deep or deeper.

As a noun increase

is an amount by which a quantity is increased.

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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.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Philip J. Bushnell
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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 verb)
  • To make deep or deeper
  • They deepened the well by 200 feet.
  • To make darker or more intense; to darken
  • The event deepened the prevailing gloom.
  • To make more poignant or affecting; to increase in degree
  • News of her death deepened my sorrow.
  • To make lower in tone
  • The tuner deepened the tone of the organ.
  • To become deeper
  • The water deepens as you go toward the middle of the channel.
  • To become darker or more intense
  • The crisis deepened in the following weeks.
  • To become lower in tone
  • His voice deepened with age.