verb im·prove \im-ˈprüv\

: to make (something) better

: to become better


Full Definition of IMPROVE

transitive verb
archaic :  employ, use
a :  to enhance in value or quality :  make better
b :  to increase the value of (land or property) by making it more useful for humans (as by cultivation or the erection of buildings)
c :  to grade and drain (a road) and apply surfacing material other than pavement
:  to use to good purpose
intransitive verb
:  to advance or make progress in what is desirable
:  to make useful additions or amendments
im·prov·abil·i·ty \(ˌ)im-ˌprü-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
im·prov·able \-ˈprü-və-bəl\ adjective
im·prov·er noun

Origin of IMPROVE

Middle English improuen, emprouen, from Anglo-French emprouer to make profit from, from French en- + pru, prou advantage, from Late Latin prode — more at proud
First Known Use: circa 1529

Synonym Discussion of IMPROVE

improve, better, help, ameliorate mean to make more acceptable or to bring nearer a standard. improve and better are general and interchangeable and apply to what can be made better whether it is good or bad <measures to further improve the quality of medical care> <immigrants hoping to better their lot>. help implies a bettering that still leaves room for improvement <a coat of paint would help that house>. ameliorate implies making more tolerable or acceptable conditions that are hard to endure <tried to ameliorate the lives of people in the tenements>.
IMPROVE Defined for Kids


verb im·prove \im-ˈprüv\

Definition of IMPROVE for Kids

:  to make or become better <Her writing has greatly improved.>


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