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improver

[im-proo-ver] /ɪmˈpru vər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that improves.
2.
a substance or agent added to improve a food, especially as a preservative.
Origin of improver
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; improve + -er1
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  • That night there was blank dismay in every Avonlea house where an improver lived.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • He was the improver of that noble instrument the Orrery, which, in honour of him, was called after his name.

    Chelsea George Bryan
  • Perhaps he muttered this interrogatory in the spirit of an improver and adorner of nature.

    Calavar

    Robert Montgomery Bird
  • The improver has sought to increase the width of the red ring.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • It is peculiarly valuable as a fertilizer and as an improver of soils.

  • The advent of man marks the improver of creationGod made manifest in the flesh.

    Hugh Miller William Keith Leask
  • The latter afterwards became a noted builder and improver of lifeboats, and was well and deservedly rewarded for his labours.

    Saved by the Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • There's an intermediate stage, what we engineers call being 'an improver,' in a man's life.

    Aliens William McFee
  • But in sober truth, Pope, whether as a gardener or as a poet, required no enlarger or improver of his works.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • Sometimes called Colonel Chestertons everlasting staircase, from the gallant inventor or improver.

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