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Definitions of improve

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

Usage examples for improve

  1. Let him take lessons from his friend Heinz Schorlin, and he may improve. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. 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
  3. He is one who does not improve upon acquaintance. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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. If I am right, it is only natural that pictures by Friesz should improve on acquaintance. – Since Cézanne by Clive Bell
  8. You had some one to improve it to you? – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  9. 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
  10. Wouldn't you like me to improve? – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  11. 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
  12. I prune to improve the fruit, and think it beneficial. – The Apple by Various
  13. " 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
  14. I shall improve with practice. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  15. " 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
  16. I hope the weather will improve soon. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  17. He would know how to improve his position. – The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol by William J. Locke
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