- 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 improved
Their authors promise that your spirit will be improved, your ambition honed, and your finances maximized by their advice.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
We can also begin to plan our wardrobes to match our new and improved selves.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
When any design is created, shared and improved freely amongst all, it is open source.What Are We Protecting with Gun Laws?
November 13, 2014
We still have a long way to go, but it has improved dramatically since the post Vietnam syndrome when Vets were spit on.McCain’s 13 Favorite Soldiers
November 11, 2014
Tourism has built my confidence [and] improved my interpersonal skills.Cameroonian Women Fighting Sexism With Tourism
November 7, 2014
Meanwhile, fortune had improved with Mr. Davis, the superintendent of the factory.Brave and Bold
Year by year the character of hospital nursing has improved.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
This change, if it deteriorated his mind, improved his exterior.Night and Morning, Complete
Profiting by these aids, an improved type of cable was designed.Heroes of the Telegraph
He saw, at a glance, that the circumstance might possibly be improved to further his own ends.The Last of the Mohicans
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 improved
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.