- IPA: /ɪmˈpɹuːv/
improve (improves, present participle improving; past and past participle improved)
- (transitive) To make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something).
- Painting the woodwork will improve this house.
- Buying more servers would improve performance.
- (intransitive) To become better.
- I have improved since taking the tablets.
- The error messages have improved since the last version, when they were incomprehensible.
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
- “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
- (obsolete) To disprove or make void; to refute.
- Neither can any of them make so strong a reason which another cannot improve.
- (obsolete) To disapprove of; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure.
- to improve negligence
- When he rehearsed his preachings and his doing unto the high apostles, they could improve nothing.
- (dated) To use or employ to good purpose; to turn to profitable account.
- to improve one's time; to improve his means
- We shall especially honour God by improving diligently the talents which God hath committed to us.
- 2020 August 21, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “FRIDAY, Error: invalid time,Error: invalid time [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 7 July 1711, London: J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, OCLC 1026609121 ↗; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, Carefully Revised, in Six Volumes: With Prefaces Historical and Biographical, volume 111, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697 ↗:
- a hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved
- The court seldom fails to improve the opportunity.
- How doth the little busy bee / Improve each shining hour.
- True policy, as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion.
- (to make something worse) deteriorate, worsen; See also Thesaurus:aggravate
- (to become worse) deteriorate, worsen; See also Thesaurus:worsen
- French: améliorer, amender
- German: verbessern
- Italian: migliorare, perfezionare, fare migliorie
- Portuguese: melhorar
- Russian: улучша́ть
- Spanish: mejorar, perfeccionar
- French: s’améliorer
- German: sich verbessern
- Italian: migliorare, stare meglio, riprendersi
- Portuguese: melhorar
- Russian: улучша́ться
- Spanish: mejorar