Definitions for IMPROVEɪmˈpruv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•prove*ɪmˈpruv(v.)-proved, -prov•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition; make better:

    improving one's health.

  2. to make (land) more useful, profitable, or valuable by enclosure, cultivation, etc.

  3. to increase the value of (real property) by betterments.

  4. (v.i.)to increase in quality or value; become better.

  5. to make improvements.

* Syn: improve , ameliorate , better imply bringing to a more desirable state. improve usu. implies remedying a lack or a felt need: to improve a process. ameliorate , a formal word, implies improving oppressive, unjust, or difficult conditions: to ameliorate working conditions. better implies improving conditions that are adequate but could be more satisfactory: to better a previous attempt; to better oneself by study.

Origin of improve:

1425–75; late ME improuen, emprouen < AF emprouer < LL prōde (est), L prōdest (it) is beneficial, of use


Princeton's WordNet

  1. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate(verb)

    to make better

    "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

  2. better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate(verb)

    get better

    "The weather improved toward evening"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. improve(verb)ɪmˈpruv

    to get or make better

    classes to improve my English; His health has improved since he gave up smoking.; improved working conditions


  1. improve(Verb)

    to make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something)

  2. improve(Verb)

    to become better

Webster Dictionary

  1. Improve(verb)

    to disprove or make void; to refute

  2. Improve(verb)

    to disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure; as, to improve negligence

  3. Improve(verb)

    to make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve land

  4. Improve(verb)

    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

  5. Improve(verb)

    to advance or increase by use; to augment or add to; -- said with reference to what is bad

  6. Improve(verb)

    to grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health

  7. Improve(verb)

    to advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse

  8. Improve(verb)

    to increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IMPROVE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1697

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IMPROVE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1700

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IMPROVE' in Verbs Frequency: #208

Translations for IMPROVE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) become better, of higher quality etc

His work has greatly improved; They recently improved the design of that car.

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