- to do or make better than, as by additions or changes
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Improve
Origin of Improve
Middle English improwen to enclose land for cultivation from Anglo-Norman emprouwer to turn to profit Old French en- causative pref. (from Latin in- in–2) Old French prou profit (from Late Latin prōde advantageous proud)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Anglo-Norman emprouwer, from Old French en- + prou (“profit”), from Vulgar Latin prode (“advantageous, profitable”)
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