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v. im·proved, im·prov·ing, im·proves
1. To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better: Exercise can improve your health.
2. To increase the productivity or value of (land or property): improved the house by adding a bathroom.
1. To become better: Economic conditions are improving.
2. To make beneficial additions or changes: You can improve on the translation of that text.

[Middle 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).]

im·prov′a·ble adj.
im·prov′a·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.improvable - susceptible of improvement
corrigible - capable of being corrected or set right; "a corrigible defect"; "a corrigible prisoner"
References in classic literature ?
The young woman was very improvable, and spoke the languages; and wouldn't have been known for the same country-person.
That time which we really improve, or which is improvable, is neither past, present, nor future.
In our own country, where it has not, until within these later days, been a very popular fashion with governments to display any extraordinary regard for the great mass of the people or to recognise their existence as improvable creatures, private charities, unexampled in the history of the earth, have arisen, to do an incalculable amount of good among the destitute and afflicted.
Perker had had a dinner-party that day, as was testified by the appearance of lights in the drawing-room windows, the sound of an improved grand piano, and an improvable cabinet voice issuing therefrom, and a rather overpowering smell of meat which pervaded the steps and entry.
It is this part of Birmingham's record over the years that should have been more substantially improvable, and, if the DCLG's naughty list recorded the same councils' NDR collection rates, Birmingham would be bottom.
Assisting taskforce to improve their performance, developing and empowering the staffs in their career, using staffs' opinion in improving the organization, staffs participating and their encouraging, gathering information to compensate personnel's services and discovering the improvable points and planning to improve them [9].
While Ameriks concedes that we must read Kant's doctrine of the moral law as a "fact of reason" dogmatically--that is, as presenting our subjection to this law as an improvable and yet fully objective fact about ourselves--we should also recognize that the path Kant takes to justify this claim is not baldly dogmatic.
when improvable reason is allowed to be the dignified distinction which raises men above the brute creation" (2-3).
occasion), and that the model might offer a viable, albeit improvable,
As more foreign low cost carriers entered the Korean market and more Korean people choose to take these low cost carriers, we will focus on the improvable policies to make them safer," Chang said.
Recently however, Benelli decided to improve just about everything improvable and designed a new 12-gauge called the ETHOS, a Greek word originating from Aristotle's three "ingredients for persuasion"--pathos to appeal to our emotions, logos to our logic and ethos to our ethics.
The entire novel takes the form of a dialogue between Andrew and "Doc", an unnamed shrink who seeks to defend the notion of an improvable human nature against the pitiless scientist who believes our behaviour is entirely determined by biochemistry.