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[ im-proov ]

verb (used with object)

, im·proved, im·prov·ing.
  1. to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition:

    He took vitamins to improve his health.

    Synonyms: emend, amend

    Antonyms: worsen

  2. to make (land) more useful, profitable, or valuable by enclosure, cultivation, etc.
  3. to increase the value of (real property) by betterments, as the construction of buildings and sewers.
  4. to make good use of; turn to account:

    He improved the stopover by seeing a client with offices there.

verb (used without object)

, im·proved, im·prov·ing.
  1. to increase in value, excellence, etc.; become better:

    The military situation is improving.

    Antonyms: worsen

  2. 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.


/ ɪmˈpruːv /


  1. to make or become better in quality; ameliorate
  2. tr to make (buildings, land, etc) more valuable by additions or betterment
  3. intr; usually foll by on or upon to achieve a better standard or quality in comparison (with)

    to improve on last year's crop


  1. on the improve informal.

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Derived Forms

  • imˈprovably, adverb
  • imˈprovingly, adverb
  • imˈprover, noun
  • imˌprovaˈbility, noun
  • imˈprovable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • 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) preimproved preimproving
  • quasi-im·proved adjective
  • super·im·proved adjective
  • well-im·proved adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of improve1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English improuen, emprouen from Anglo-French emprouer “to turn (something) into profit,” derivative of phrase en prou “into profit,” equivalent to en ( en- 1 ) + prou, Old French prou, preu from Late Latin prōde (est), by reanalysis of Latin prōdest “(it) is beneficial, of use,” with prōde taken as a neuter noun ( proud ); the sound v was made by association with prove, approve

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Word History and Origins

Origin of improve1

C16: from Anglo-French emprouer to turn to profit, from en prou into profit, from prou profit, from Late Latin prōde beneficial, from Latin prōdesse to be advantageous, from pro- 1+ esse to be

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Example Sentences

Billions of dollars have been invested in tools and platforms that promise to improve the learning outcomes and lives of students.

During a talk with TechCrunch, the founders stressed how growers could increase margins through improved labor costs.

The startup has spent the last few quarters further improving its technology stack.

Apple’s software has added some improved features this year.

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Studies suggest that even low-levels of strength training can improve back pain.

It could dramatically improve quality of life in communities throughout the developing world.

Faal told the FBI that his group was trying “restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people.”

The health, happiness and well-being of men, children and women improve.

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.

Five hundred of our fighting men are running to and fro between cliffs and sea carrying stones wherewith to improve our pier.

Yet their quaint attempts to improve their appearance throw an interesting side-light on their æsthetic preferences.

That community which does not improve in the region where the means of healthful increase are afforded, is in an unhealthy state.

No other legislation is going to improve financial conditions here to any extent.

As time passed, this fund expanded considerably and was used to improve elementary education.


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When To Use

What are other ways to say improve?

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