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Meaning of IMPROVE

Pronunciation:  im'proov

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  get better; "The weather improved toward evening."
  2. [v]  to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

IMPROVE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: ameliorate, better, meliorate
 Antonyms: aggravate, decline, exacerbate, exasperate, worsen
 See Also: advance, aid, alleviate, alter, assuage, beautify, bounce back, build, bushel, change, change state, condition, convalesce, develop, distill, doctor, down, educate, embellish, emend, enhance, enrich, fine-tune, fix, fructify, furbish up, get over, get well, heal, help, hone, iron out, lift, make pure, mend, palliate, perfect, pick up, polish, prettify, purify, put right, raise, recover, recuperate, refine, reform, regenerate, relieve, remit, repair, restore, revitalize, see the light, straighten out, sublimate, touch on, turn, turn around, upgrade



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*prove"\, v. t. [Pref. im- not + prove: cf. L.
    improbare, F. improuver.]
    1. To disprove or make void; to refute. [Obs.]
             Neither can any of them make so strong a reason
             which another can not improve.        --Tyndale.
    2. To disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure;
       as, to improve negligence. [Obs.] --Chapman.
             When he rehearsed his preachings and his doing unto
             the high apostles, they could improve nothing.
  2. \Im*prove"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Improved}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Improving}.] [Pref. in- in + prove, in approve. See
    {Approve}, {Prove.}]
    1. To make better; to increase the value or good qualities
       of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve
       land. --Donne.
             I love not to improve the honor of the living by
             impairing that of the dead.           --Denham.
    2. To use or employ to good purpose; to make productive; to
       turn to profitable account; to utilize; as, to improve
       one's time; to improve his means. --Shak.
             We shall especially honor God by improving
             diligently the talents which God hath committed to
             us.                                   --Barrow.
             A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened
             and improved.                         --Addison.
             The court seldom fails to improve the oppotunity.
             How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining
             hour.                                 --I. Watts.
             Those moments were diligently improved. --Gibbon.
             True policy, as well as good faith, in my opinion,
             binds us to improve the occasion.     --Washington.
    3. To advance or increase by use; to augment or add to; --
       said with reference to what is bad. [R.]
             We all have, I fear, . . . not a little improved the
             wretched inheritance of our ancestors. --Bp.
    Syn: To better; meliorate; ameliorate; advance; heighten;
         mend; correct; recify; amend; reform.
  3. \Im*prove"\, v. i.
    1. To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is
       desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in
             We take care to improve in our frugality and
             diligence.                            --Atterbury.
    2. To advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse.
       ``Domitain improved in cruelty.'' --Milner.
    3. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the
       price of cotton improves.
    {To improve on} or {upon}, to make useful additions or
       amendments to, or changes in; to bring nearer to
       perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage.
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