improve

[im┬Ěprove]

When you improve something, you make it better. For example, you can improve your harmonica playing with practice.

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To disprove or make void; to refute.

Verb
get better; "The weather improved toward evening"

Verb
to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"


v. t.
To disprove or make void; to refute.

v. t.
To disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure; as, to improve negligence.

v. t.
To make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve land.

v. t.
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.

v. t.
To advance or increase by use; to augment or add to; -- said with reference to what is bad.

v. i.
To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health.

v. i.
To advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse.

v. i.
To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves.


Improve

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.
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.

Improve

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.
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.
A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved.
The court seldom fails to improve the oppotunity.
How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour.
Those moments were diligently improved.
True policy, as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion.
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.
Syn. -- To better; meliorate; ameliorate; advance; heighten; mend; correct; recify; amend; reform.

Improve

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 health.
We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence.
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 ∨ upon, to make useful additions or amendments to, or changes in; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage.

To disprove or make void; to refute.

To make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve land.

To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health.

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Usage Examples

Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.

Architecture is my work, and I've spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings.

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.

Back in the mid-1970s, we adopted some fairly ambitious goals to improve efficiency of our cars. What did we get? We got a tremendous boost in efficiency.

Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of evry part of your life.

Cynicism is kind of like folding your arms and stepping back and commenting on things, like the old guys in 'The Muppets,' just throwing out comments all the time, whereas there are other people on the ground really trying to affect things and improve their lives and the lives of other people. I think it's noble and I think it's cool.

But I can only take so much TV, because there is so much advice. I find people will preach about virtually anything - your diet, how to live your life, how to improve your golf. The lot. I have always had a thing against the Mister Know-It-Alls.

But reducing harmful emissions, abating our dependence on foreign oil and developing alternative renewable energy sources have benefits that go beyond environmental health, they improve personal health, enhance national security and encourage our nation's economic viability.

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Other Usage Examples

And that's the great thing about living the Christian life and trying to live by faith, is you're trying to get better every day. You're trying to improve.

Common sense tells us that the government's attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones. Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy.

Do we talk about the dignity of work? Do we give our students any reason for believing it is worthwhile to sacrifice for their work because such sacrifices improve the psychological and mental health of the person who makes them?

And I believe that if we can care about whether or not our neighbor has a good job or access to affordable health care for their children, and we move to implement the policies that can improve these situations, we will unleash vast amounts of human potential and recapture the American spirit.

Abortion politics have distracted all sides from what is really essential: a major aid campaign to improve midwifery, prenatal care and emergency obstetric services in poor countries.

A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.

A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis.

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

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