verb (used with object), im·proved, im·prov·ing.
verb (used without object), im·proved, im·prov·ing.
- improper integral,
- improve on,
Origin of improve
Examples from the Web for improving
States were encouraged and allowed to lower standards to make it appear they were improving.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Improving an economy is a lot harder with only half the population working.
Being reminded that economic and social conditions are not improving at the pace one expected can be a powerful motivator.
The first potential scientific secret to improving your bedroom experience: surround yourself with men.Was 2014 the Year Science Discovered The Female Orgasm?|Samantha Allen|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He helped set up an institute in Mexico aimed at improving wheat and corn production.
She certainly is improving, and up there he can see Koshare.The Delight Makers|Adolf Bandelier
"I am improving my mind by the study of the French language," she said.A Life Sentence|Adeline Sergeant
Still, it was improving; and I felt that I must act at once if I did not want to be a permanent wanderer on the face of the earth.Sport Royal|Anthony Hope
An increase in operating funds for the hospitals is to be channeled mostly into improving plant and equipment.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Before all things, a means must be devised for improving and clarifying the understanding.Philosophy and The Social Problem|Will Durant
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.