verb (used with object), im·proved, im·prov·ing.
verb (used without object), im·proved, im·prov·ing.
Origin of improve
Examples from the Web for improve
Faal told the FBI that his group was trying “restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
An expert in education talks about race relations, the political environment and what can be done to improve things.
Our relationship did not improve as I entered college and developed a raging eating disorder.
However you decide to vote in the end, I thank those who continue to give us leverage to improve the bill.
That they will leverage their voices and their power to make real change to improve gender diversity.
In our efforts to improve on him, we have too often left the right way and followed the impossible method inaugurated by Locke.
In this locality, like all others, there were two parties, or two spirits—one was to improve the other to degrade society.Pen Pictures|B. F. Craig
To those who acted respectfully towards him and his wife he gave his patronage and made efforts to improve their position.The Created Legend|Feodor Sologub
Attempts have been made to improve the quality by the introduction of Riga flax seed, but so far without success.Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products|William Bevan
It is the green-eyed monster which never did and never will improve each shining hour, but quite the reverse.Somebody's Luggage|Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for improve
Word Origin for improve
Word Origin and History 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.