Improve

Definition of Improve

Im`prove´
v. t.1.To disprove or make void; to refute.
Neither can any of them make so strong a reason which another can not improve.
- Tyndale.
2.To disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure; as, to improve negligence.
When he rehearsed his preachings and his doing unto the high apostles, they could improve nothing.
- Tyndale.
1.To make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve land.
[imp. & p. p. Improved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Improving.]
I love not to improve the honor of the living by impairing that of the dead.
- Denham.
2.To use or employ to good purpose; to make productive; to turn to profitable account; to utilize; as, to improve one's time; to improve his means.
A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved.
- Addison.
The court seldom fails to improve the opportunity.
- Blackstone.
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour.
- I. Watts.
Those moments were diligently improved.
- Gibbon.
True policy, as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion.
- Washington.
3.To advance or increase by use; to augment or add to; - said with reference to what is bad.
We all have, I fear, . . . not a little improved the wretched inheritance of our ancestors.
- Bp. Porteus.
v. i.1.To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health.
We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence.
- Atterbury.
2.To advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse.
3.To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves.
To improve on
to make useful additions or amendments to, or changes in; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage.

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