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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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improve

Past participle: improved
Gerund: improving

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

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