verb (used with object), im·proved, im·prov·ing.
verb (used without object), im·proved, im·prov·ing.
Origin of improve
Synonyms for improve
Antonyms for improve
Examples from the Web for improvability
Historical Examples of improvability
We are coming to believe that the most significant fact about man and his civilization is their improvability.Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association
Intercollegiate Peace Association
John, Dædalus-like, undertook to prove the improvability of human progression by flying to France with wings.Archaeological Essays Vol. 2
James Y. Simpson
Word Origin 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.