These are houses that were fixed up and improved by their purchasers that are sitting empty, with lawns unmowed.
The situation has improved somewhat with mandatory hearing tests and the Internet, but can be grim sometimes.
But by and large, an HHS official tells me, things really have improved.
His numbers improved, declined, and improved again to a degree that was incomparable to his modern-day pitcher counterparts.
Racism had no place in this new, improved version of the English game, whose global appeal is huge.
He had not improved in temper, when he was summoned in to dinner.
Ham was an apt scholar, and improved upon the precept and example of his father.
A little while on the ice might have improved it, but we gave it no time.
Her health had improved a great deal, and she was able to sit up all day.
Its twin spire-crowned western towers will be improved when the masses of masonry now propping them are removed.
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.