Improve Definition

improved, improves, improving
improved, improves, improving
To use profitably or to good advantage.
To improve one's leisure by studying.
Webster's New World
To raise to a better quality or condition; make better.
Webster's New World
To increase the productivity or value of (land or property).
Improved the house by adding a bathroom.
American Heritage
To become better in quality or condition.
Webster's New World
To make (land or structures) more valuable by cultivation, construction, etc.
Webster's New World
improve on
  • to do or make better than, as by additions or changes
Webster's New World

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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”)

    From Wiktionary


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