Definitions of improve

  1. to make better; " The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
  2. get better; " The weather improved toward evening"
  3. To make better.
  4. To disprove or make void; to refute.
  5. To disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure; as, to improve negligence.
  6. To make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve land.
  7. 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.
  8. To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health.
  9. To advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse.
  10. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves.
  11. To advance or increase by use; to augment or add to; - said with reference to what is bad.
  12. To make better; use to advantage; intensify.
  13. To grow better; to make better.
  14. To make better: to advance in value or excellence: to correct: to employ to good purpose.
  15. To grow better: to make progress: to increase: to rise ( as prices).
  17. To grow better; rise, as prices.
  18. To make better; use to advantage.
  19. To use to good purpose.
  20. To make progress.
  21. To make better; to advance in value or good qualities; to employ to profit; to make productive; to correct; to apply to practical purposes; to employ; to cultivate.
  22. To grow better, or advance in goodness, knowledge, wisdom, or other excellence; to increase. To improve on, to make additions or amendments to.
  23. To make better; to advance in value, & c.; to grow better or wiser; to raise from good to better; to turn to good account.

Quotes of improve

  1. States get to improve transportation infrastructure; that creates economic development, puts people back to work and, most important, enhances safety and improves local communities. – Corrine Brown
  2. 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. – Jim Clyburn
  3. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank
  4. Corn ethanol can help in the short term, but it has serious limitations, and none of this is going to work if we don't dramatically improve the efficiency of our cars and trucks. – David Friedman
  5. We cannot improve on the system of government handed down to us by the founders of the Republic. There is no way to improve upon that. But what we can do is to find new ways to implement that system and realize our destiny. – Barbara Jordan
  6. As the bill requires, any terror alert system must give people and organizations some indication about what steps they must take to improve their own security and assist in the Nation's security. – Patrick J. Kennedy
  7. Each pursues his own theory, little solicitous to correct or improve it by an attention to what is advanced by his opponents. – Thomas Malthus
  8. Until we all start to take responsibility, until we do all we can to improve the character of our communities, we'll never break the cycle of violence and indifference. – Carrie P. Meek
  9. We support every effort to combat international terrorism through the formulation of international conventions and hope that the international community will take further steps to improve the anti -terrorism international legal framework. – Li Peng
  10. The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved. – Richard Rogers
  11. But at the time when he wrote, Englishmen, with the rarest exceptions, wrote only in French or Latin; and when they began to write in English, a man of genius, to interpret and improve on him, was not found for a long time. – George Saintsbury
  12. All this time I lived with my parents, and wrought on the plantation; and having had schooling pretty well for a planter, I used to improve myself in winter evenings, and other leisure times. – John Woolman
  13. In today's world, it is shortsighted to think that infectious diseases cannot cross borders. By allowing developing countries access to generic drugs, we not only help improve health in those nations, we also help ourselves control these debilitating and often deadly diseases. – Ron Wyden

Usage examples for improve

  1. I hope the weather will improve soon. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  2. Unfortunately, there were moments when he forgot that his lot was satisfactory, and tried to improve it. – The Boys' Life of Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine
  3. He would know how to improve his position. – The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol by William J. Locke
  4. I shall improve with practice. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  5. Wouldn't you like me to improve – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  6. Two were at once put out by our fire, but the third managed to exist for over half an hour, and enabled the Germans to see how hard we were working to improve our defences along the river bank. – The Invasion by William Le Queux
  7. His health did not improve and it was with difficulty that he could perform his daily task. – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  8. Mr. Dainopoulos grinned, which did not improve his appearance. – Command by William McFee
  9. " You might have had means to pay your rent, and kept your two rooms," said Rotha; thinking, like a great many other people, that she could improve upon Providence. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  10. To improve their physical condition. – Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind by Frances Martin
  11. Let him take lessons from his friend Heinz Schorlin, and he may improve – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. I've attempted to improve the social and spiritual conditions of these girls in the mill, and if I've only worked harm by bringing them in contact with- in contact with- She hesitated and stood looking into the man's face. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  13. " A prince's duty could be set him, and in such an absence he would improve his knowledge both of Ireland and of men. – Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens
  14. If I am right, it is only natural that pictures by Friesz should improve on acquaintance. – Since Cézanne by Clive Bell
  15. He is one who does not improve upon acquaintance. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  16. You had some one to improve it to you? – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  17. You improve ' said Clara. – Wilfrid Cumbermede by George MacDonald
  18. A certain knowledge of human nature determined me to improve without a moment's delay, the opportunity, while the troops were under the first impulse of astonishment and delight. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  19. I prune to improve the fruit, and think it beneficial. – The Apple by Various
  20. The only serious question is whether at this time we can afford to improve our ocean mail service as it should be improved. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various

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