Definitions for improve
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word improve.
better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateverb
to make better
"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
better, improve, ameliorate, meliorateverb
"The weather improved toward evening"
to make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something)
to become better
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: in and probus. Quasi probum facere. Skinner.
I love not to improve the honour of the living by impairing that of the dead. John Denham.
Heaven seems improv'd with a superior ray,
And the bright arch reflects a double day. Alexander Pope.
Though the prophet Jeremy was unjustly accused, yet doth not that improve any thing that I have said. John Whitgift.
To advance in goodness.
We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence; virtues which become us, particularly in times of war. Francis Atterbury.
Improvement is the process of a thing moving from one state to a state considered to be better, usually through some action intended to bring about that better state. The concept of improvement is important to governments and businesses, as well as to individuals.
Improve refers to making something better, whether through alteration, correction, or enhancement. It involves increasing the quality, value, functionality, or effectiveness of something. This could apply to various contexts such as individual skills, performance in a task, or the condition or status of an object or situation.
to disprove or make void; to refute
to disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure; as, to improve negligence
to make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve land
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
to advance or increase by use; to augment or add to; -- said with reference to what is bad
to grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health
to advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse
to increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves
Etymology: [Pref. im- not + prove: cf. L. improbare, F. improuver.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
im-prōōv′, v.t. to make better: to advance in value or excellence: to correct: to employ to good purpose.—v.i. to grow better: to make progress: to increase: to rise (as prices).—ns. Improvabil′ity, Improv′ableness.—adj. Improv′able, able to be improved.—adv. Improv′ably.—ns. Improve′ment, the act of improving: advancement or progress: increase, addition; Improv′er, one who improves: a pad worn by women to make the dress hang properly.—pr.p. and adj. Improv′ing, tending to cause improvement.—adv. Improv′ingly.—Improve on, or upon, to bring to a better state by addition or amendment; Improve the occasion, to point out a moral from some event that has just occurred. [A variant of approve.]
An accurate, perfect and positive change.
Their childrens lives did improve when they ensured worklife balance.
Submitted by MaryC on June 29, 2020
To create a positive and empowering change.
They do focus on trying to improve by working in unity and partnership as a united team, unity and teamwork makes the plan work...... we agree.
Submitted by MaryC on March 27, 2020
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'improve' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1697
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'improve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1700
Rank popularity for the word 'improve' in Verbs Frequency: #208
The numerical value of improve in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of improve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
We feel confident that our posture right now is adequate to the challenge and the task, but we do think adding THAAD would simply only improve that posture and improve if you will the reassurance level for our allies.
At some point, the market is going to improve, the pricing is going to improve, i'm not in a rush to do anything. But my view is that we should look strategically, whether it is internally or by engaging a banker.
Science is a mechanism, a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature. It's a system for testing your thoughts against the universe, and seeing whether they match.
Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
In terms of potential applications, our findings could be used to improve the way we design alarm sounds. The same way a bad smell is added to natural gas to make it easily detectable, adding roughness to alarm sounds may improve and accelerate their processing.
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- تحسن, حسنArabic
- подобрявам, подобрявам се, усъвършенствамBulgarian
- millorarCatalan, Valencian
- zlepšit se, vylepšit, zlepšitCzech
- sich verbessern, verbessernGerman
- βελτιώνομαι, βελτιώνωGreek
- بهبود, بهبود یافتن, بهبود دادنPersian
- parantaa, parantuaFinnish
- s'améliorer, améliorer, amenderFrench
- javul, megjavul, tökéletesít, javítHungarian
- բարելավել, կատարելագործել, լավացնել, բարելավվել, լավանալArmenian
- fare migliorie, migliorare, stare meglio, perfezionareItalian
- 良くなる, 改良, 改善, 上達Japanese
- melius fio, melior fio, meliorem facioLatin
- verbeteren, beteren, beter makenDutch
- forbedre seg, forbedreNorwegian
- poprawić się, poprawić, ulepszać, polepszyć, poprawiać się, poprawiać, ulepszyć, polepszaćPolish
- a se îmbunătăți, îmbunătățiRomanian
- улучшить, улучшаться, улучшать, улучшитьсяRussian
- bli bättre, förbättraSwedish
- کو بہتر بنانے کےUrdu
- cải tiến, cải thiệnVietnamese
- gudikumön, gudükumönVolapük
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