Improve

  • 1 improve — im‧prove [ɪmˈpruːv] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] FINANCE if shares, prices etc improve by a particular amount, they rise by that amount: • Jaguar improved 21p, closing at 665p. improve by • Hungary s dollar current account improved by a… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 improve — 1 Improve, better, help, ameliorate are comparable when denoting to mend or correct in part or in some de gree. Improve, the general term, and better, more vigorous and homely, apply both to objects and to states or conditions that are not of… …

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  • 3 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 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. [1913 Webster] We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence. Atterbury. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …

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  • 5 improve — [im pro͞ov′] vt. improved, improving [earlier improw < Anglo Fr emprower < en , in + prou, gain, advantage < LL prode, advantage (back form. < L prodesse, to be of advantage): see PRO 2 & IS1] 1. Now Rare to use profitably or to good… …

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  • 6 Improve — Im*prove , v. t. [Pref. im not + prove: cf. L. improbare, F. improuver.] 1. To disprove or make void; to refute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Neither can any of them make so strong a reason which another can not improve. Tyndale. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 improve\ on — • improve (up)on v To make or get one that is better than (another). Dick made good marks the first year, but he thought he could improve on them. Charles built a new model racer for the derby race, because he knew he could improve upon his old… …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 8 improve — I verb advance, ameliorate, amend, appreciate, beautify, correct, cultivate, cure, develop, doctor, edify, edit, elaborate, elevate, embellish, emend, enhance, ennoble, enrich, fix, flourish, gain, gain strength, heighten, help, increase,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 improve — (v.) late 15c., to use to one s profit, to increase (income), from Anglo Fr. emprouwer to turn to profit (late 13c.), from O.Fr. en , causative prefix, + prou profit, from L. prode advantageous (see PROUD (Cf. proud)). Spelling with v was rare… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 improve — ► VERB 1) make or become better. 2) (improve on/upon) achieve or produce something better than. 3) (improving) giving moral or intellectual benefit. DERIVATIVES improvability noun improvable adjective improver …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 Improve — means to make something better. It may also refer to:Improver* Bread improver * Improver Corporation: Improver v Remington, a 1990 United Kingdom patent infringement law court caseImproved* Improved clinch knot, a knot * Most Improved Player, a… …

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  • 12 improve — [v] make or become better advance, ameliorate, amend, augment, better, boost, civilize, come around*, convalesce, correct, cultivate, develop, doctor up*, edit, elevate, emend, enhance, gain ground*, help, increase, lift, look up*, make strides,… …

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  • 13 improve — verb ADVERB ▪ considerably, dramatically, drastically, greatly, immeasurably, immensely, materially, radically, really, remarkably, sign …

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  • 14 improve — 01. Your English has really [improved] in the last few months. 02. I ve noticed a good [improvement] in Laurie s health since she started eating less junk food. 03. The doctor said that the patient s health has [improved] steadily since they put… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 improve — [[t]ɪmpru͟ːv[/t]] ♦♦ improves, improving, improved 1) V ERG If something improves or if you improve it, it gets better. Within a month, both the texture and condition of your hair should improve... The weather is beginning to improve... [V n]… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 improve — im|prove1 [ ım pruv ] verb *** 1. ) transitive to make something better: Our main objective is to improve educational standards. A light airy sunroom greatly improves the quality of life for residents. a ) improve yourself to make yourself a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 improve — I UK [ɪmˈpruːv] / US [ɪmˈpruv] verb Word forms improve : present tense I/you/we/they improve he/she/it improves present participle improving past tense improved past participle improved *** 1) [transitive] to make something better Our main… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 improve — improvable, adj. improvability, improvableness, n. improvably, adv. improvingly, adv. /im proohv /, v., improved, improving. v.t. 1. to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition: He took vitamins to improve his health. 2. to make (land)… …

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  • 19 improve — v. 1) (D; intr.) to improve in (she has improved in English) 2) (d; intr.) to improve on, upon (I cannot improve on her performance) * * * [ɪm pruːv] upon (I cannot improve on her performance) (d; intr.) to improve on (D; intr.) to improve in… …

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  • 20 improve — im|prove W1S2 [ımˈpru:v] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: emprowe to improve (15 16 centuries), from Anglo French emprouer to make a profit , from Old French prou advantage, profit ; probably influenced by approve] [I and T] to make something better,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English