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IMPROVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does improve mean? 

IMPROVE (verb)
  The verb IMPROVE has 2 senses:

1. to make better
2. get better

  Familiarity information: IMPROVE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPROVE (verb)


Sense 1improve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To make better

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

ameliorate; improve; meliorate; amend; better

Context example:

The editor improved the manuscript with his changes

Hypernyms (to "improve" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Cause:

ameliorate; better; improve; meliorate (get better)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "improve"):

reform (make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices)

reform (improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition)

beautify; embellish; fancify; prettify (make more beautiful)

build (improve the cleansing action of)

hone; perfect (make perfect or complete)

down; fine-tune; polish; refine (improve or perfect by pruning or polishing)

distill; make pure; purify; sublimate (remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation)

fructify (make productive or fruitful)

lift; raise (invigorate or heighten)

advance (develop further)

upgrade (give better travel conditions to)

bushel; doctor; fix; furbish up; mend; repair; restore; touch on (restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken)

enhance (make better or more attractive)

alleviate; assuage; palliate; relieve (provide physical relief, as from pain)

aid; help (improve the condition of)

regenerate; revitalize (restore strength)

enrich (make better or improve in quality)

build up; develop (change the use of and make available or usable)

turn around (cause to get better)

help (improve; change for the better)

upgrade (to improve what was old or outdated)

condition (put into a better state)

emend (make improvements or corrections to)

iron out; put right; straighten out (settle or put right)

educate (give an education to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They improve their earnings this year


Sense 2improve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get better

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

ameliorate; improve; meliorate; better

Context example:

The weather improved toward evening

Hypernyms (to "improve" is one way to...):

change state; turn (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "improve"):

convalesce; recover; recuperate (get over an illness or shock)

upgrade (get better travel conditions)

fructify (become productive or fruitful)

heal; mend (heal or recover)

bounce back; get over; get well (improve in health)

pick up; turn around (get better)

surge (see one's performance improve)

reform; see the light; straighten out (change for the better)

heal (get healthy again)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Their earnings improve this year


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