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).]
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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.
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]
imˌprovaˈbility, imˈprovableness n
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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.
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•bil′i•ty, im•prov′a•ble•ness, n.
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– First meant “to make a profit for oneself” or “to employ to advantage; to make profitable use of.”
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Past participle: improved
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