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improve

[ im-proov ]
/ 瑟m藞pruv /
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verb (used with object), im路proved, im路prov路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), im路proved, im路prov路ing.
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.
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Origin of improve

First recorded in 1425鈥75; late Middle English improuen, emprouen from Anglo-French emprouer 鈥渢o turn (something) into profit,鈥 derivative of phrase en prou 鈥渋nto profit,鈥 equivalent to en (see en-1) + prou, Old French prou, preu from Late Latin pr艒de (est), by reanalysis of Latin pr艒dest 鈥(it) is beneficial, of use,鈥 with pr艒de taken as a neuter noun (cf. proud); the sound v was made by association with prove, approve

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To improve something is to bring it into a more desirable or excellent condition. How is improve different from the verbs ameliorate and better? Find out on Thesaurus.com.聽

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British Dictionary definitions for improve

improve
/ (瑟m藞pru藧v) /

verb
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
noun
on the improve Australian informal improving

Derived forms of improve

Word Origin for improve

C16: from Anglo-French emprouer to turn to profit, from en prou into profit, from prou profit, from Late Latin pr艒de beneficial, from Latin pr艒desse to be advantageous, from pro- 1 + esse to be
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