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increa'se sb. (3 freq. in “earth's increase”)
1. reproduction, procreation Lr. I. iv. 303 “Dry up in her the organs of increase.”
2. offspring, progeny R3 IV. iv. 298, V. iv. 51 [v. 38], Cor. III. iii. 112 “her womb's ,” Tit. V. ii. 192.
3. multiplication of crops, &c., produce Tp. IV. i. 110 “Earth's ,” MND. II. i. 114, 3H6 II. ii. 164 “thy summer bred us no ,” Ven. 169, Sonn. xcvii. 6.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (6):
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 3.3
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.4
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis, ven
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, xcvii
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