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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
im•prove /ɪmˈpruv/USA pronunciation
v., -proved, -prov•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
im•prov•a•ble, adj. See -prov-.
- to (cause to) become better: [~ + object]Exercise improves one's health.[no object]His health seems to be improving.
- to increase the value of (real property) by remodeling or adding features:[~ + object]improved the property by remodeling the bathroom.
- improve on, [~ + object] to produce something better than:tried to improve on my previous supervisor's work by adding to what she had started.
(im pro̅o̅v′),USA pronunciation v., -proved, -prov•ing. v.t.
- to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition:He took vitamins to improve his health.
- to make (land) more useful, profitable, or valuable by enclosure, cultivation, etc.
- to increase the value of (real property) by betterments, as the construction of buildings and sewers.
- to make good use of;
turn to account:He improved the stopover by seeing a client with offices there.
im•prov′a•bil′i•ty, im•prov′a•ble•ness, n.
- to increase in value, excellence, etc.;
become better:The military situation is improving.
- 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.
- Late Latin prōde (est), by reanalysis of Latin prōdest (it) is beneficial, of use, with prōde taken as a neuter noun, nominal (compare proud); v by association with prove, approve
- Anglo-French emprouer to turn (something) into profit, derivative of phrase en prou into profit, equivalent. to en (see en-1) + prou, Old French prou, preu
- late Middle English improuen, emprouen 1425–75
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged amend, emend. Improve, ameliorate, better imply bringing to a more desirable state. Improve usually implies remedying a lack or a felt need:to improve a process, oneself(as by gaining more knowledge). Ameliorate, a formal word, implies improving oppressive, unjust, or difficult conditions:to ameliorate working conditions.To better is to improve conditions which, though not bad, are unsatisfying:to better an attempt, oneself( gain a higher salary).
- 1, 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged worsen.
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improve /ɪmˈpruːv/ vb
Etymology: 16th Century: 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 beimˈprovable adj imˌprovaˈbility, imˈprovableness n imˈprovably adv imˈprover n imˈprovingly adv
- to make or become better in quality; ameliorate
- (transitive) to make (buildings, land, etc) more valuable by additions or betterment
- (intr; usually followed by on or upon) to achieve a better standard or quality in comparison (with): to improve on last year's crop
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