Increase and Spread


Increase noun - The act or process of becoming greater in number.
Usage example: the increase in the number of students enrolled at the school was very gradual

Spread is a synonym for increase in addition topic. In some cases you can use "Spread" instead the word "Increase" as a verb or a noun, when it comes to topics like grow, heighten, add or grow.


Spread verb - To become greater in size, extent, volume, amount, or number.
Usage example: dissatisfaction with the new administration is spreading rapidly

Increase is a synonym for spread in grow topic. You can use "Increase" instead the word "Spread" as a verb or a noun, if it concerns topics such as expansion, augment, open or fan out.

Nearby Words: spreading, spreader

How words are described

standard standard increase standard spread
many many increase many spread
small small increase small spread
actual actual increase actual spread
Other adjectives: massive, large, big, huge, infected, new, major, general, less, further, ridiculous, immense, greater, larger, double, rapid, sudden, overall.

Common collocations

ability increase ability spread ability
power increase power spread power
knowledge increase knowledge spread knowledge
effect increase effect spread effect
Other words: influence, damage, points.

Both words in one sentence

  • The Missionary Just about any historical figure who founded a religion could be called a missionary, because they would have had to spread "The Word" to increase the numbers of the believers.
  • They are all spread out and hidden among the 7 chapters, and allow you to increase your max health to 20.
  • Wire Dilemma The manual may have been intentionally written that way to increase the chances that the propaganda would be spread even if the bomb failed.
    Source: Wire Dilemma
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