improve Definition

make or become better; increase the value or quality of something.

Using improve: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "improve" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She wants to improve her English skills.

  • Example

    The company is always looking for ways to improve its products.

  • Example

    He has been working hard to improve his grades.

  • Example

    The new software will improve the efficiency of the system.

improve Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for improve

Idioms Using improve

  • regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient in it


    If you want to improve your writing, practice makes perfect.

  • to speak positively about someone to another person, especially to help them get a job or other opportunity


    I'll put in a good word for you with the hiring manager.

  • to organize oneself and start behaving in a more responsible or effective way


    If we want to improve our chances of success, we need to get our act together and start working harder.

Phrases with improve

  • make something that is already good even better


    The chef is always trying to improve on his recipes.

  • improve one's lot

    to make one's situation in life better, especially by increasing one's income or wealth


    He worked hard to improve his lot in life and eventually became a successful businessman.

  • to demonstrate progress or positive change


    Her test scores have shown improvement since she started studying more.

Origins of improve

from Anglo-French 'emprouwer', from Old French 'en-' + 'prover', meaning 'to prove'


Summary: improve in Brief

The verb 'improve' [ɪmˈpruːv] means to make something better or increase its value or quality. It can refer to enhancing skills, refining products, or developing systems, as in 'She wants to improve her English skills.' 'Improve' extends into phrases like 'improve on,' and idioms like 'practice makes perfect,' emphasizing the importance of regular exercise and effort.

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