- to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition: He took vitamins to improve his health.
- to make (land) more useful, profitable, or valuable by enclosure, cultivation, etc.
- to increase the value of (real property) by betterments, as the construction of buildings and sewers.
- to make good use of; turn to account: He improved the stopover by seeing a client with offices there.
- to increase in value, excellence, etc.; become better: The military situation is improving.
- to make improvements, as by revision, addition, or change: None of the younger violinists have been able to improve on his interpretation of that work.
Origin of improve
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Examples from the Web for improve
Faal told the FBI that his group was trying “restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
An expert in education talks about race relations, the political environment and what can be done to improve things.Dr. Howard Fuller's Injustice Education
December 21, 2014
Our relationship did not improve as I entered college and developed a raging eating disorder.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
However you decide to vote in the end, I thank those who continue to give us leverage to improve the bill.Nancy Pelosi Plays Hardball On Cromnibus
December 11, 2014
That they will leverage their voices and their power to make real change to improve gender diversity.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
So long as we feel unable to improve on this organisation we shall have these inequalities.The Conquest of Fear
It commands us to assist our neighbor to improve and protect his own.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
When things were so very good as they were at that time, why try to improve them?Her Father's Daughter
I daresay it isn't as good as I thought it was, but I'll improve.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
My reading in the bible, now, was not for the stories, but seriously to improve my mind and morals.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- to make or become better in quality; ameliorate
- (tr) to make (buildings, land, etc) more valuable by additions or betterment
- (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to achieve a better standard or quality in comparison (with)to improve on last year's crop
- on the improve Australian informal improving
Word Origin and History for improve
late 15c., "to use to one's profit, to increase (income)," from Anglo-French emprouwer "to turn to profit" (late 13c.), from Old French en-, causative prefix, + prou "profit," from Latin prode "advantageous" (see proud). Spelling with -v- was rare before 17c. Meaning "to raise to a better quality or condition" first recorded 1610s. Phrase improve the occasion retains the etymological sense. Meaning "to turn land to profit" (by clearing it, erecting buildings, etc.) was in Anglo-French (13c.) and was retained in the American colonies.