What does improve mean?

Definitions for improve
ɪmˈpruvim·prove

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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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  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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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. Abdulaziz Sager:

    If the Vienna talks succeed and there is a better situation with America, then (with) hardliners in power, who are close to the supreme leader, the situation may improve.

  2. Vanita Gupta:

    Together, we can build confidence in the division that will ensure compliance with the Constitution, improve public safety and make the job of delivering police services safer and more effective.

  3. Fox News:

    It will bolster the security of a major treaty ally that has been, and continues to be, a force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region. It will also improve (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s) interoperability with U.S. missile defense systems, and increase the protection for U.S. installations in the region.

  4. The Australian:

    First, it means the Norges Bank will buy 18 billion more NOK in February than in January, which adds a flow supportive argument to NOK after a week where the stagnating reflation theme weighed, secondly, the larger NOK buying pace will drain liquidity from the interbank market, which puts upward pressure on NOK FRA/OIS spreads. By extension, this will improve the carry case of a long NOK position.

  5. Jacqueline Maybin:

    These data will encourage future interrogation of menstrual symptoms and pathologies as an indicator of long-term health outcomes and may provide an early opportunity to implement preventative strategies to improve women's health across the lifespan.

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