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Definition of the verb improve

What does improve mean as a doing word?

Improve is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: improved | improving | improves

  1. to make better
  2. get better

Alternative definition of the verb improve


  1. [transitive] to make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something)
  2. [intransitive] to become better

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for improve

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Google previewWho Stole My Customer?? (2014)

Winning Strategies for Creating and Sustaining Customer Loyalty by Harvey Thompson

“The primary reason we do not work at behaviors which we know we need to improve is that the rewards...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resources Information Systems: Challenges in e-HRM (2008)

Challenges in e-HRM by Torres-Coronas, Teresa

Improve overall organizational efficiency and effectiveness Improve the human resource functions efficiency and effectiveness Improve the quality and timeliness of service to employees Provide self service for employees and managers ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Quality and the Service Economy (2015)

by Su Mi Dahlgaard-Park

DMAIC is an acronym for five interconnected phases of Define, Measure, Analyze , Improve, and Control. It is a structured problemsolving and process improvement road map. DMAIC emphasizes rigorous datadriven root cause analysis using ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Critical and Emerging Issues in Human Resources (2012)

Chhinzer and Ghatehorde indicated some poorly run companies reduce headcounts inan attempt to improve financialperformance, while successful organizations increase headcountto improve financial performance.Yet, headcount ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

Alexander technique A method of retraining the body's movements in order to improve posture, and named after its originator, Frederick Matthias Alexander. acupoint allopathic medicine Orthodox medicine. amna An ancient Japanese system ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

It is carried out to create space, to correct tooth size discrepancies, to improve the contact area of the tooth, or to change the shape of the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To IMPROVE, v. a. [in and probut. Quasi To IMPROPRIATE. v. a. [in and proprius.] probum facere. Skinner.] To advance any thing :. To convert to private use ; to seize to himself, nearer to perfection ; to raise from good to bet- -f or the pardon of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Brain and Brain Disorders (2001)

by Carol Turkington, Joseph Harris

norepinephrine Still, some studies suggest that indeed there are drugs that improve memory. As early as 1917, researchers discovered that caffeine and strychnine speeded up a rat's ability to learn, and many other studies show that ...

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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Every year I try to keep in excellent shape and improve some part of my game. I play in the offseason overseas to keep my game tuned up and hopefully improve a little in some area. (Sue Wicks)
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Scrabble value of I1M3P3R1O1V4E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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