- The definition of improve is to make something or someone better, or to become better.
- An example of improve is when you make a new product that is better than the old one.
- An example of improve is when you practice piano until you learn to play better.
transitive verbimproved, improving
- Now Rare to use profitably or to good advantage: to improve one's leisure by studying
- to raise to a better quality or condition; make better
- ☆ to make (land or structures) more valuable by cultivation, construction, etc.
Origin of improveearlier improw ; from Anglo-French emprower ; from en-, in + prou, gain, advantage ; from Late Latin prode, advantage (back-form. ; from Classical Latin prodesse, to be of advantage): see pro- and amp; is
improve onor improve upon
verbim·proved, im·prov·ing, im·proves
- To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better: Exercise can improve your health.
- To increase the productivity or value of (land or property): improved the house by adding a bathroom.
- To become better: Economic conditions are improving.
- To make beneficial additions or changes: You can improve on the translation of that text.
Origin of improveMiddle English improwen, to enclose land for cultivation, from Anglo-Norman emprouwer, to turn to profit : Old French en-, causative pref. (from Latin in-; see in–2) + Old French prou, profit (from Late Latin prōde, advantageous; see proud).
(third-person singular simple present improves, present participle improving, simple past and past participle improved)
- To make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something).
- Painting the woodwork will improve this house.
- Buying more servers would improve performance.
- (intransitive) To become better.
- I have improved since taking the tablets.
- The error messages have improved since the last version, when they were incomprehensible.
- (dated) To use or employ to good purpose; to turn to profitable account.
- to improve one's time; to improve his means
From Anglo-Norman emprouwer, from Old French en- + prou (“profit”), from Vulgar Latin prode (“advantageous, profitable”)