improve

verb
im·​prove | \ im-ˈprüv How to pronounce improve (audio) \
improved; improving

Definition of improve

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to use to good purpose
3 archaic : employ, use

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 How to pronounce improvability (audio) \ noun
improvable \ (ˌ)im-​ˈprü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce improvable (audio) \ 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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This is an ideal time to launch plans or make key changes to improve your future. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 5, 2019: Libra avoid unnecessary struggles; Pisces, choose not to respond, yet," 5 July 2019 Buttigieg vowed quickly after the shooting to take action to improve the relationship in his city between police and the black community. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Biden, Buttigieg tested with black voters to mixed results as 2020 race shifts," 3 July 2019 Tart cherry juice mixed with chia seeds Tart cherry juice, a natural source of melatonin, has been shown in several studies to improve sleep. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Healthy Late-Night Snacks," 3 July 2019 This spring, Cleveland was said to have around $5 million left to improve their team at the trade deadline. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers trade deadline primer: Who's for sale, who's interested?," 3 July 2019 From a small light-up pad that makes your bruise fade faster to a strip of gel that minimizes scars, new innovations to improve your health needs are on their way. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Cool new health wearables do everything from killing head lice to curing incontinence," 2 July 2019 Photo: Kristena Hansen/Associated Press Coke, Pepsi, and other bottled-beverage companies pay millions of dollars annually to improve curb-side recycling through groups such as the Recycling Partnership. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Drink Makers Seek More Recycled Plastic," 30 June 2019 Lucid dreaming also offers opportunities to improve motor skills through visualization. Achilleas Pavlou, Quartz, "A lucid dream researcher’s tips for controlling your dreams," 29 June 2019 Around 4,000 people took part in the marathon and biking event Sunday morning, organized by local authorities to raise funds to improve conditions at the now famous Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand. NBC News, "Thai soccer team marks anniversary of cave ordeal with run," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of improve

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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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More Definitions for improve

improve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of improve

: to make (something) better
: to become better

improve

verb
im·​prove | \ im-ˈprüv How to pronounce improve (audio) \
improved; improving

Kids Definition of improve

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

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