AskDefine | Define improve

Dictionary Definition



1 to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes" [syn: better, amend, ameliorate, meliorate] [ant: worsen]
2 get better; "The weather improved toward evening" [syn: better, ameliorate, meliorate] [ant: worsen]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something)
    Painting the woodwork will improve this house.
    Buying more servers would improve performance.
  2. to become better
    I have improved since taking the tablets.
    The error messages have improved.



Derived terms


to make something better
to become better

Extensive Definition

Improve means to make something better. It may also refer to:


wikt improver


wikt improved


wikt improvement

See also

improve in Korean: 개선

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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