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.
- im·prov·a·ble, adjective
- im·prov·a·bil·i·ty, im·prov·a·ble·ness, noun
- im·prov·a·bly, adverb
- im·prov·ing·ly, adverb
- pre·im·prove, verb (used with object), pre·im·proved, pre·im·prov·ing.
- qua·si-im·proved, adjective
- su·per·im·proved, adjective
- well-im·proved, adjective
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How to use improve in a sentence
In recent years, scientists have been finding new ways to build and improve haptic devices.This artificial skin feels ‘ghosts’ — things you wish were there | Stephen Ornes | November 20, 2020 | Science News For Students
When implemented thoughtfully, such innovations can improve overall business processes.
If they’ve found the magic about how all these companies could improve their profit, I’m sure that everyone would love to see that solution.Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV) (Ep. 440) | Stephen J. Dubner | November 19, 2020 | Freakonomics
Most of them seem to have improved and we have allowed them to return to play.Teen athletes with even mild COVID-19 can develop heart problems | Partho Sengupta | November 18, 2020 | Science News For Students
It has continually improved upon its built-in editing features, and knowing how to use them will help you get your shots looking their best without switching apps.Google Photos is better at image editing than you think | Harry Guinness | November 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
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
My object will be to obtain a farm of large acreage and poor land, but improvable by better drainage and an outlay of capital.Out on the Pampas | G. A. Henty
When you tell him that his soul is not improvable by material conditions, you prevent him from making himself better than he is.A Few Words About the Devil | Charles Bradlaugh
God himself has decreed it, in giving us expansible desires and improvable faculties.Harmonies of Political Economy | Frdric Bastiat
We have just pointed out the importance of reserving the schools for defectives for improvable cases.Mentally Defective Children | Alfred Binet
British Dictionary definitions for improve
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
- improvable, adjective
- improvability or improvableness, noun
- improvably, adverb
- improver, noun
- improvingly, adverb
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