Definitions for: Improve


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Tyndale.


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.
--Blackstone.

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.
Porteus.

Syn: To better; meliorate; ameliorate; advance; heighten;
mend; correct; recify; amend; reform.


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. --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.

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

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