Definition of improve in English:

improve

verb

  • 1Make or become better:

    [with object] ‘efforts to improve relations between the countries’
    ‘an improved design’
    [no object] ‘communications improved during the 18th century’
    • ‘If the economy improves towards the end of this year, as expected, interest rates will start to rise.’
    • ‘Treatment for the condition has improved significantly in recent years following the introduction of a number of new drugs.’
    • ‘While the march of technology continually improves our health, it creates new scenarios and novel questions.’
    • ‘All aspects of sleep performance were significantly improved in the intervention group.’
    • ‘Outcomes were significantly improved with combination therapy.’
    • ‘All physical symptoms improved substantially in the first month of antidepressant use but plateaued during the course of the study.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the goal is to establish more accountability and improve teaching.’
    • ‘For a short time his condition seemed to be improving but later on in the week he contracted pneumonia and one of his lungs collapsed.’
    • ‘His condition gradually improved over the course of several weeks of inpatient treatment.’
    • ‘Many also said that their health markedly improved when they began volunteer work.’
    • ‘In fact, verbal ability and other knowledge-based abilities seem to improve with age.’
    • ‘With Wednesday's win, his record improves to three wins in seven starts.’
    • ‘Book cover design has improved drastically since the middle of the last decade.’
    • ‘She said Bali's living conditions have now improved due to the increase in the tourism industry.’
    • ‘In developed countries over the past 30 years, better perinatal care has considerably improved these outcomes.’
    • ‘Sinusitis has been associated with asthma severity, and consistently, asthma symptoms frequently improve after sinusitis treatment.’
    • ‘Hotels, food, facilities, transport and entertainment have all improved beyond recognition.’
    • ‘If the patient improves with the use of medication, no further evaluation may be necessary.’
    • ‘What should be done is use the money from the resulting fines to improve road safety conditions in these areas.’
    • ‘On the face of it, our lives have improved beyond recognition.’
    get better, become better, advance, progress, develop
    make better, better, ameliorate, upgrade, refine, enhance, boost, build on, help, raise, revamp, brush up, polish up, perk up, tweak
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    1. 1.1[with object] Develop or increase in mental capacity by education or experience:
      ‘I subscribed to two magazines to improve my mind’
      • ‘It doesn't matter how brainy you are or how much education you've had - you can still improve and expand your mind.’
      • ‘Curtin remained committed towards improving himself and the lives of the underprivileged in Australian society.’
    2. 1.2improve on/upon[no object] Achieve or produce something better than:
      ‘they are trying to improve on the tired old style’
      • ‘If they succeed, they will at least have improved on the standing they achieved in this competition two years ago.’
      • ‘I find little to dispute in much of what he writes about strengthening the NHS and fighting child poverty and improving on the best of what the government has achieved.’
      • ‘The goal of each test is to improve on the last test until you achieve the results you need.’
      • ‘I think that's because I can usually see a potential for the story or idea that the original filmmaker didn't, which goes back to the original idea of improving upon as opposed to merely referencing.’
      • ‘The achievement of the Authorised Version was made possible by a team of translators working and improving upon previous translations.’
      • ‘Despite this, he went on to achieve a personal best in the shot and improved on his personal best in the high jump, achieving 1.55 metres.’
      • ‘A lot of work has been done and what the country needs is to improve on what has been achieved.’
      • ‘He predicted that if that co-operation continued and was improved upon, a greater success rate could be achieved.’
      • ‘But once a dialogue has been delivered on stage, the actor has no chance of improving upon it.’
      • ‘They all improved on their predicted exam grades with several students achieving their best grade in business studies.’
      surpass, better, do better than, outdo, exceed, beat, top, trump, cap, outstrip, overshadow, go one better than
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Phrases

  • on the improve

    • informal Showing signs of improvement:

      ‘the young squad is on the improve’
      • ‘My grandfather is on the improve still and I think he is possibly out of intensive care now, so it's good news on that front.’
      • ‘The one number that sticks a bit is the unemployment rate, but outside of that, actually things are generally on the improve.’
      • ‘The Royals are sitting on top of the ladder and appear to be on the improve.’
      • ‘The quality of election night "expert" commentaries is not on the improve.’
      • ‘"We have to constantly keep an eye on how things are improving domestically, even if we're on the improve relative to other countries, particularly when it comes to the gender pay gap."’
      • ‘Their quality is definitely on the improve; if they keep this up, we can soon start buying it again!’
      • ‘Weather conditions and travel are on the improve, and we were able to return to more normal circumstances today.’
      • ‘I know that things are on the improve—the worst is over, it's just a matter of clearing the muck out of the system.’
      • ‘Coaches agreed the Warriors will be on the improve at next year's carnival.’
      • ‘They are certainly on the improve now and seem to have a bright future.’

Origin

Early 16th century (as emprowe or improwe): from Anglo-Norman French emprower (based on Old French prou profit, ultimately from Latin prodest is of advantage); -owe was changed to -ove under the influence of prove. The original sense was ‘make a profit, increase the value of’; subsequently ‘make greater in amount or degree’.

Pronunciation

improve

/ɪmˈpruːv/