Definition of improve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

improve

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpruːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpruːv//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they improve
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpruːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpruːv//
 
he / she / it improves
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpruːvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpruːvz//
 
past simple improved
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpruːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpruːvd//
 
past participle improved
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpruːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpruːvd//
 
-ing form improving
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpruːvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpruːvɪŋ//
 
Recovering from illness
 
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to become better than before; to make something/somebody better than before His quality of life has improved dramatically since the operation. The doctor says she should continue to improve (= after an illness). I hope my French will improve when I go to France. improve something to improve standards The company needs to improve performance in all these areas. I need to improve my French. See related entries: Recovering from illness Word Origin early 16th cent. (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’.Extra examples The situation has improved dramatically during the last few months. The weather should continue to improve over the weekend. They are trying to improve the working conditionsin their factories. This legislation will vastly improve the quality of life of New Zealanders. We now offer a much improved service to our customers. Workers need to be given an incentive to improve their performance. Working and living conditions have generally improved. measures aimed at improving government efficiency the new and improved version of the website trying to improve their working conditions Bringing the issue of pay into the debate did not improve matters. My father’s mood had noticeably improved during the afternoon. The company has greatly improved its performance over the past few years. The doctor says she should continue to improve. The economy had improved markedly. There have been renewed attempts to improve conditions for younger prisoners. They’re introducing a vastly improved public transport system. We expect the situation to improve slightly. You can significantly improve your chances of getting a job by compiling a good CV. Phrasal Verbsimprove on something
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