Improve meaning

ĭm-pro͝ov'
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.

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To become better.

Economic conditions are improving.

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To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better.

Exercise can improve your health.

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To use profitably or to good advantage.

To improve one's leisure by studying.

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To make beneficial additions or changes.

You can improve on the translation of that text.

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To make (land or structures) more valuable by cultivation, construction, etc.
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To become better in quality or condition.
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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.

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To raise to a better quality or condition; make better.
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To increase the productivity or value of (land or property).

Improved the house by adding a bathroom.

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(intransitive) To become better.

I have improved since taking the tablets.

The error messages have improved since the last version, when they were incomprehensible.

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(dated) To use or employ to good purpose; to turn to profitable account.

To improve one's time; to improve his means.

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  • To do or make better than, as by additions or changes.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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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