Definition of improve
2a : to enhance in value or quality : make betterb : 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
1 : to advance or make progress in what is desirable
2 : to make useful additions or amendments
improvabilityplay \(ˌ)im-ˌprü-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
improvableplay \(ˌ)im-ˈprü-və-bəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of improve from the Web
Shares have surged on the back of stronger economic growth in Japan and in the United States, as well as improved corporate profits.
Becoja, a Des Plaines resident, did similar things to improve.
The association’s mission is to provide scholarships to local students who have demonstrated educational excellence and extraordinary citizenship, to promote activities that improve education and bring together businesses and professionals.
Their hitting and defense improved significantly toward the end of the season, and for the most part, their pitching as well.
Enrollment has steadily increased in the past five years, high school graduation rates have improved improved, and most students are scoring higher on standardized exams.
Searchers returned to the river Monday, but suspended the recovery effort later that day until conditions improved.
As people live longer lifespans, more emphasis will go toward improving their health through basic activity and nutrition, which will hopefully affect the bottom line in health care costs.
Domestic exports are things made or improved in the U.S. and then exported.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1509
Synonym Discussion of improve
IMPROVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of improve for English Language Learners
: to make (something) better
: to become better
IMPROVE Defined for Kids
Definition of improve for Students
: to make or become better Her writing has greatly improved.
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