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
Related Words for improvablecorrectable, rectifiable, curable, amendable, corrigible, emendable, fixable, recoverable, redeemable, restorable, amenable, capable, mendable, reparative
Examples from the Web for improvable
Historical Examples of improvable
I should apprehend this bog to be among the most improvable in the country.A Tour in Ireland
The living is valued at £140 a year, but perhaps it may be improvable.Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters
William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
Man is an improvable being, and indefinite progress is the law of his existence.Primitive Man
Brother, the wight is improvable, and this must not be borne withal.Thomas Otway
Man is an improvable being, and some advancement may be expected in his condition.A Manual of the Antiquity of Man
J. P. MacLean
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.