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. Almo Pradana:

    All the steps taken will in themselves improve the air quality, but the overall impact will not be big because they are not addressing the main problem.

  2. Roger Goodell:

    Protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff, i will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve.

  3. Brad Davidson:

    Neither sugar nor zero-calorie sweeteners provide any form of positive health effects, honestly, the ultimate way to lose weight and improve your health is to avoid both of them.

  4. The EPA:

    The agency will continue these collaborative efforts for any revised ozone standards, including working with California as it continues to explore regulatory strategies and technologies to reduce pollution and improve public health protection, california has faced a uniquely difficult attainment task due to the combination of adverse meteorology and topography, population growth, and the pollution burden associated with mobile sources.

  5. Lorena Recabarren:

    We reiterate our willingness to take up every (recommendation) that seeks to improve our practices with respect to human rights.

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