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improve Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb to make better
    better; amend; ameliorate; meliorate.
    • The editor improved the manuscript with his changes
  2. verb get better
    better; ameliorate; meliorate.
    • The weather improved toward evening

Im*prove" transitive verb
Pref. im- not + prove: cf. L. improbare, F. improuver.
  1. To disprove or make void; to refute. Obs.
    Neither can any of them make so strong a reason which another can not improve. Tyndale.
  2. To disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure; as, to improve negligence. Obs. Chapman.
    When he rehearsed his preachings and his doing unto the high apostles, they could improve nothing. Tyndale.
Im*prove" transitive verb
Pref. in- in + prove, in approve. See Approve, Prove.
imperfect & past participle Improved ; present participle & verbal noun Improving
  1. To make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve land. Donne.
    I love not to improve the honor of the living by impairing that of the dead. Denham.
  2. To use or employ to good purpose; to make productive; to turn to profitable account; to utilize; as, to improve one's time; to improve his means. Shak.
    We shall especially honor God by improving diligently the talents which God hath committed to us. Barrow.
    A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved. Addison.
    The court seldom fails to improve the oppotunity. Blackstone.
    How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour. I. Watts.
    Those moments were diligently improved. Gibbon.
    True policy, as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion. Washington.
  3. To advance or increase by use; to augment or add to; -- said with reference to what is bad. R.
    We all have, I fear, . . . not a little improved the wretched inheritance of our ancestors. Bp. Porteus.
    Syn. -- To better; meliorate; ameliorate; advance; heighten; mend; correct; recify; amend; reform.
Im*prove" intransitive verb
  1. To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health.
    We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence. Atterbury.
  2. To advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse. "Domitain improved in cruelty." Milner.
  3. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves.

Webster 1913

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