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im·prove

 (ĭm-pro͞ov′)
v. im·proved, im·prov·ing, im·proves
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.

improve

(ɪmˈpruːv)
vb
1. to make or become better in quality; ameliorate
2. (tr) to make (buildings, land, etc) more valuable by additions or betterment
3. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to achieve a better standard or quality in comparison (with): to improve on last year's crop.
n
on the improve informal Austral improving
[C16: from Anglo-French emprouer to turn to profit, from en prou into profit, from prou profit, from Late Latin prōde beneficial, from Latin prōdesse to be advantageous, from pro-1 + esse to be]
imˈprovable adj
imˌprovaˈbility, imˈprovableness n
imˈprovably adv
imˈprover n
imˈprovingly adv

im•prove

(ɪmˈpruv)

v. -proved, -prov•ing. v.t.
1. to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition; make better: improving one's health.
2. to make (land) more useful, profitable, or valuable by enclosure, cultivation, etc.
3. to increase the value of (real property) by betterments.
v.i.
4. to increase in quality or value; become better.
5. to make improvements.
[1425–75; late Middle English improuen, emprouen < Anglo-French emprouer < Late Latin prōde (est), Latin prōdest (it) is beneficial, of use]
im•prov′a•ble, adj.
im•prov`a•bil′i•ty, im•prov′a•ble•ness, n.
im•prov′a•bly, adv.
im•prov′ing•ly, adv.
syn: improve, ameliorate, better imply bringing to a more desirable state. improve usu. implies remedying a lack or a felt need: to improve a process. ameliorate, a formal word, implies improving oppressive, unjust, or difficult conditions: to ameliorate working conditions. better implies improving conditions that are adequate but could be more satisfactory: to better a previous attempt; to better oneself by study.

improve

- First meant "to make a profit for oneself" or "to employ to advantage; to make profitable use of."
See also related terms for profit.

improve


Past participle: improved
Gerund: improving

Imperative
improve
improve
Present
I improve
you improve
he/she/it improves
we improve
you improve
they improve
Preterite
I improved
you improved
he/she/it improved
we improved
you improved
they improved
Present Continuous
I am improving
you are improving
he/she/it is improving
we are improving
you are improving
they are improving
Present Perfect
I have improved
you have improved
he/she/it has improved
we have improved
you have improved
they have improved
Past Continuous
I was improving
you were improving
he/she/it was improving
we were improving
you were improving
they were improving
Past Perfect
I had improved
you had improved
he/she/it had improved
we had improved
you had improved
they had improved
Future
I will improve
you will improve
he/she/it will improve
we will improve
you will improve
they will improve
Future Perfect
I will have improved
you will have improved
he/she/it will have improved
we will have improved
you will have improved
they will have improved
Future Continuous
I will be improving
you will be improving
he/she/it will be improving
we will be improving
you will be improving
they will be improving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been improving
you have been improving
he/she/it has been improving
we have been improving
you have been improving
they have been improving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been improving
you will have been improving
he/she/it will have been improving
we will have been improving
you will have been improving
they will have been improving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been improving
you had been improving
he/she/it had been improving
we had been improving
you had been improving
they had been improving
Conditional
I would improve
you would improve
he/she/it would improve
we would improve
you would improve
they would improve
Past Conditional
I would have improved
you would have improved
he/she/it would have improved
we would have improved
you would have improved
they would have improved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.improve - to make betterimprove - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
alleviate, relieve, palliate, assuage - provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"
aid, help - improve the condition of; "These pills will help the patient"
revitalize, regenerate - restore strength; "This food revitalized the patient"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
enrich - make better or improve in quality; "The experience enriched her understanding"; "enriched foods"
build up, develop - change the use of and make available or usable; "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, better - get better; "The weather improved toward evening"
turn around - improve dramatically; "The new strategy turned around sales"; "The tutor turned around my son's performance in math"
help - improve; change for the better; "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
upgrade - to improve what was old or outdated; "I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software"; "The company upgraded their personnel"
condition - put into a better state; "he conditions old cars"
emend - make improvements or corrections to; "the text was emended in the second edition"
iron out, put right, straighten out - settle or put right; "we need to iron out our disagreements"
enhance - make better or more attractive; "This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat"
fix, furbish up, mend, repair, bushel, doctor, touch on, restore - restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
reform - make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"
reform - improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"
beautify, fancify, prettify, embellish - make more beautiful
build - improve the cleansing action of; "build detergents"
perfect, hone - make perfect or complete; "perfect your French in Paris!"
fine-tune, refine, polish, down - improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
distill, make pure, purify, sublimate - remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation; "purify the water"
fructify - make productive or fruitful; "The earth that he fructified"
lift, raise - invigorate or heighten; "lift my spirits"; "lift his ego"
advance - develop further; "We are advancing technology every day"
upgrade - give better travel conditions to; "The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full"
educate - give an education to; "We must educate our youngsters better"
2.improve - get betterimprove - get better; "The weather improved toward evening"
convalesce, recover, recuperate - get over an illness or shock; "The patient is recuperating"
heal - get healthy again; "The wound is healing slowly"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
see the light, straighten out, reform - change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
surge - see one's performance improve; "He levelled the score and then surged ahead"
turn around, pick up - improve significantly; go from bad to good; "Her performance in school picked up"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
bounce back, get well, get over - improve in health; "He got well fast"
heal, mend - heal or recover; "My broken leg is mending"
fructify - become productive or fruitful; "The seeds fructified"
upgrade - get better travel conditions; "I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked"

improve

verb
2. get better, pick up, look up (informal), develop, advance, perk up, take a turn for the better (informal) The weather is beginning to improve.
3. make better, perfect, polish, strengthen, temper, refine, cultivate, elevate, hone He said he wanted to improve his football.
4. recuperate, recover, rally, mend, make progress, turn the corner, gain ground, gain strength, convalesce, be on the mend, grow better, make strides, take on a new lease of life (informal) He had improved so much the doctor cut his dosage.
improve on something beat, top, better, cap (informal), exceed, trump, surpass, outstrip, outdo We need to improve on our performance against France.

improve

verb
1. To advance to a more desirable state:
2. To regain one's health:
Translations
يُحَسِّنُيُحَسِّن
zlepšitvylepšit
forbedre
verbessernmeliorieren
plibonigi
parantuaparantaa
poboljšati
javítjavulmegjavultökéletesít
bæta, laga
改善する
개선하다
pagerėjimaspatobulinimaspatobulinti
pilnveidotpilnveidotiesuzlabotuzlaboties
beterenverbeteren
forbedreforbedre segbedre seg
izboljšatiizboljšati se
förbättra (sig)förbättras
ทำให้ดีขึ้น
düzel mekgeliş mekgeliştirmekiyileş mek
cải thiện

improve

[ɪmˈpruːv]
A. VT
1. (= make better) [+ work] → mejorar; [+ property] → hacer mejoras en
to improve o.s. or one's mindcultivarse, instruirse
to improve o.s (in wealth) → mejorar su situación
2. (= favour) [+ appearance] → favorecer
3. (= perfect) [+ skill] → perfeccionar; (= add value to) → aumentar el valor de
to improve one's Spanishperfeccionar sus conocimientos del español
4. (= increase) [+ production, yield] → aumentar
to improve one's chances of successaumentar or mejorar las posibilidades de éxito
the management has refused to improve its offer of 3%la dirección se ha negado a mejorar su oferta del 3%
B. VI [person] (in skill etc) → hacer progresos; (after illness) → mejorar(se); [health, weather, work, quality] → mejorar; [production, yield] → aumentar; [business] → mejorar, prosperar
to improve in sthhacer progresos en algo
to improve with age/usemejorar con el tiempo/el uso
improve on improve upon VI + PREP (gen) → mejorar
it cannot be improved (up)ones inmejorable
to improve (up)on sb's offerofrecer más que algn, mejorar la oferta de algn

improve

[ɪmˈpruːv]
vtaméliorer
They have improved the service → Ils ont amélioré le service.
vi
(= get better) → s'améliorer
The weather is improving → Le temps s'améliore.
My French has improved → Mon français s'est amélioré.
The situation isn't going to improve → La situation ne va pas s'améliorer.
(= make progress) [pupil, student] → faire des progrès
[patient]
She may improve with medical treatment → Son état pourrait s'améliorer avec le traitement.
improve on
vt fus
[+ offer] → enchérir sur
(= surpass) [+ record, time] → améliorer
He will be aiming to improve on last year's winning time of 10.3 sec → Il aura pour objectif d'améliorer son temps victorieux de l'année dernière, 10,3 s.
(= make better) → améliorer
(= be better than) [+ original, previous version] → être un progrès par rapport à

improve

vt
(= make better)verbessern; knowledgeerweitern; salariesaufbessern; area, appearanceverschönern; sauce, food etcverfeinern; production, valueerhöhen, steigern; to improve one’s mindsich weiterbilden
to improve the shining hour (liter)die Gelegenheit beim Schopfe packen
visich verbessern, sich bessern; (area, appearance)schöner werden; (production, value)sich erhöhen, steigen; he has improved in mathser hat sich in Mathematik gebessert; to improve with practicedurch Übung besser werden; wine improves with ageje älter der Wein desto besser; the invalid is improvingdem Kranken geht es besser; I’ll try to improveich werde versuchen, mich zu bessern; things are improvinges sieht schon besser aus, die Lage bessert sich
vr to improve oneselfan sich (dat)arbeiten

improve

[ɪmˈpruːv]
1. vt (gen) → migliorare; (property, land) → apportare migliorie a; (production, yield, salary) → aumentare
to improve one's Italian → perfezionare il proprio italiano
to improve one's chances of success → aumentare le proprie probabilità di successo
to improve one's mind → migliorare la propria cultura
2. vi (gen) → migliorare; (person, in skill) → fare (dei) progressi
to improve in sth → migliorare or fare (dei) progressi in qc
to improve with age/use → migliorare con gli anni/con l'uso
this wine improves with age → questo vino migliora con l'invecchiamento
improve (up)on vi + prep (offer) → aumentare; (work) → ottenere dei risultati migliori rispetto a; (method) → perfezionare; (quality) → migliorare
I can't improve on my offer to you → non posso farti un'offerta migliore

improve

(imˈpruːv) verb
to (cause to) become better, of higher quality etc. His work has greatly improved; They recently improved the design of that car.
imˈprovement noun
1. the state or act of improving or being improved. There has been a great improvement in her work; The patient's condition shows some improvement.
2. something which improves, or adds beauty, value etc. I've made several improvements to the house.
improve on
to produce something which is better, more useful etc than. I think I can improve on that suggestion.

improve

يُحَسِّنُ zlepšit (se) forbedre verbessern βελτιώνω mejorar parantua améliorer poboljšati migliorare 改善する 개선하다 verbeteren forbedre ulepszyć melhorar улучшать förbättra (sig) ทำให้ดีขึ้น geliştirmek cải thiện 改进

improve

v. mejorar; adelantar; mejorarse, recuperarse; restablecerse.

improve

vt mejorar; vi mejorarse, (patient) recuperarse
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It's proper to use good words, and improve your vocabilary," returned Amy, with dignity.
He got the land at a low price but had spent a large sum of money to improve it.
It would seem that the Being that gave them power to improve His gifts so well, would not deny them voices to proclaim His praise.
But now let's improve the shining hours by going to sleep, and talk about it in the morning
I should say," said Ginger, curling her nostril, "that these men, who are so wise, had better give orders that in the future all foals should be born with their eyes set just in the middle of their foreheads, instead of on the side; they always think they can improve upon nature and mend what God has made.
On this table lay Eva's books and little trinkets, with an elegantly wrought alabaster writing-stand, which her father had supplied to her when he saw her trying to improve herself in writing.
Let us improve our opportunities, then, before the evil days come.
He said he had expected to improve his mind by coming to Europe, but a man might travel to the ends of the earth with me and never see anything, for I was manifestly endowed with the very genius of ill luck.
For he argued that if a confederate was not found, an enlightened Missouri jury would hang them; sure; if a confederate was found, that would not improve the matter, but simply furnish one more person for the sheriff to hang.
She was a mite of a thing when we saw her three years ago," ventured Jane; "she's had time to improve.
It is, therefore, entirely his own produc- tion; and, considering how long and dark was the ca- reer he had to run as a slave,--how few have been his opportunities to improve his mind since he broke his iron fetters,--it is, in my judgment, highly creditable to his head and heart.
Some scruples and some reluctance the widowerfather may be supposed to have felt; but as they were overcome by other considerations, the child was given up to the care and the wealth of the Churchills, and he had only his own comfort to seek, and his own situation to improve as he could.