What does improve mean?

Definitions for improve
ɪmˈpruvim·prove

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. Improve(verb)

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

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

  3. Improve(verb)

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

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

  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

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

  5. Improve(verb)

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

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

  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

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

  7. Improve(verb)

    to advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse

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

  8. Improve(verb)

    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

  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  

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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How to say improve in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. General Motors:

    We appreciate the actions this administration has taken on behalf of industry to improve the overall competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.

  2. Tokyo University:

    Holding more inventory, or adding another production line as a business contingency measure may improve a company's robustness in the face of disaster, but it won't necessarily improve its global competitiveness, companies which take such steps at the cost of competitiveness would probably go bust even before the next disaster occurs.

  3. Raul Andino:

    We need to improve the technology, because clearly, this is a problem, hopefully, this is going to be happening in the next few years.

  4. Catherine Bradshaw:

    Schools often become the outlets where bullying comes to a head, creating a sense of belonging has been consistently shown to be a protective factor as have programs that improve the school climate.

  5. Brad Hutton:

    We have a strong commitment to making sure our materials are not just culturally competent but optimally achieving the objectives we're trying to achieve, we always take the community's advice and improve the product.

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