What does improve mean?

Definitions for improve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateverb

    to make better

    "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

  2. better, improve, ameliorate, meliorateverb

    get better

    "The weather improved toward evening"


  1. improveverb

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

  2. improveverb

    to become better

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Improveverb

    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.

  2. To Improveverb

    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.


  1. improve

    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.


  1. improve

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Improveverb

    to disprove or make void; to refute

  2. Improveverb

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

  3. Improveverb

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

  4. Improveverb

    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. Improveverb

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

  6. Improveverb

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

  7. Improveverb

    to advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse

  8. Improveverb

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

  9. Etymology: [Pref. im- not + prove: cf. L. improbare, F. improuver.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Improve

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. improve

    An accurate, perfect and positive change.

    Their childrens lives did improve when they ensured worklife balance.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 29, 2020  

  2. improve

    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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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of improve in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of improve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of improve in a Sentence

  1. The Pentagon:

    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.

  2. Director David Neuhauser:

    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.

  3. Isaac Asimov:

    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.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    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.

  5. Luc Arnal:

    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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