improve

verb
im·​prove | \im-ˈprüv \
improved; improving

Definition of improve 

transitive verb

1 archaic : employ, use

2a : to enhance in value or quality : make better

b : to increase the value of (land or property) by making it more useful for humans (as by cultivation or the erection of buildings)

c : to grade and drain (a road) and apply surfacing material other than pavement

3 : to use to good purpose

intransitive verb

1 : to advance or make progress in what is desirable

2 : to make useful additions or amendments

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Other Words from improve

improvability \(ˌ)im-​ˌprü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
improvable \(ˌ)im-​ˈprü-​və-​bəl \ adjective
improver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for improve

Synonyms

ameliorate, amend, better, enhance, enrich, help, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgrade

Antonyms

worsen

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improve, better, help, ameliorate mean to make more acceptable or to bring nearer a standard. improve and better are general and interchangeable and apply to what can be made better whether it is good or bad. measures to further improve the quality of medical care immigrants hoping to better their lot help implies a bettering that still leaves room for improvement. a coat of paint would help that house ameliorate implies making more tolerable or acceptable conditions that are hard to endure. tried to ameliorate the lives of people in the tenements

Examples of improve in a Sentence

This operation will greatly improve her chances of survival. The advertising campaign has improved sales. Maybe we'll buy a house when our financial situation improves. Her writing has improved since the beginning of the school year. The company has been having steadily improving sales.
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Now that Microsoft is pledging to share this with the Chromium project, Chrome as a browser will improve on Windows. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Google’s Chrome browser will get better because of Microsoft," 6 Dec. 2018 In rebooting the beloved series, Stevenson has created something special, a cartoon that both honors and improves on the original by amplifying its characters’ feelings, and emits equal parts electricity, joy, and warmth. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018 Uber Uber has unveiled a new initiative that aims to provide improved service for riders with disabilities, aiming to improve on a poor record of serving users in wheelchairs. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can Uber offer improved service to riders in wheelchairs?," 20 Nov. 2018 Battery Life The new Elitebook x360 has a slightly smaller battery than the previous model (56WHr instead of 57WHr), but HP managed to improve on its already long battery life. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1," 16 Nov. 2018 The review concluded that improving on these risk factors could prevent more than a third of dementia cases across the globe. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The Democratic Party says a $30 million investment in engaging Latino and other minority voters helped the Democrats achieve a net gain of 34 House seats and improve on 2014 turnout numbers. Luis Alonso Lugo, The Seattle Times, "Dems: Latino turnout up 174 percent over ’14 in early voting," 13 Nov. 2018 At its core, Scandinavian design seeks to improve every day life. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Scandinavian Design," 18 Sep. 2018 This new map, created by a trio of researchers from across the U.S. and Australia, improves on the design of the Robinson projection by preserving its aesthetic appeal while also correctly proportioning the continents. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Feast Your Eyes on "Equal Earth," the New and More Accurate World Map," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of improve

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for improve

Middle English improuen, emprouen, from Anglo-French emprouer to make profit from, from French en- + pru, prou advantage, from Late Latin prode — more at proud

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improve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of improve

: to make (something) better

: to become better

improve

verb
im·​prove | \im-ˈprüv \
improved; improving

Kids Definition of improve

: to make or become better Her writing has greatly improved.

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