improve

improve [im pro͞ov′]
vt.
improved, improving [earlier improw < Anglo-Fr emprower < en-, in + prou, gain, advantage < LL prode, advantage (back-form. < L prodesse, to be of advantage): see PRO-2 & IS1]
1. Now Rare to use profitably or to good advantage [to improve one's leisure by studying]
2. to raise to a better quality or condition; make better
3. to make (land or structures) more valuable by cultivation, construction, etc.
vi.
to become better in quality or condition
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improve on or improve upon
to do or make better than, as by additions or changes
improvability
n.
improvable
adj.
improver
n.
SYN.- IMPROVE and BETTER1 both imply a correcting or advancing of something that is not in itself necessarily bad, the former by supplying a lack or want [to improve a method ] and the latter by seeking something more satisfying [he's left his job to better himself ]; AMELIORATE implies a bad, oppressive, or intolerable condition to begin with [to ameliorate the lot of the poor ] -ANT. WORSEN, IMPAIR

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