What are some opposite words for improve?

Antonyms for improve
ɪmˈpruvim·prove

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Wiktionary2.7 / 9 votes

  1. improveverb

    to make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something)

    Synonyms:
    batten, better, enhance, ameliorate

  2. improveverb

    to become better

    Synonyms:
    ameliorate, enhance, better, batten

    Antonyms:
    worsen

English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 2 votes

  1. improve

    To amend is to change for the better by removing faults, errors, or defects, and always refers to that which at some point falls short of a standard of excellence. Advance, better, and improve may refer either to what is quite imperfect or to what has reached a high degree of excellence; we advance the kingdom of God, improve the minds of our children, better the morals of the people. But for matters below the point of ordinary approval we seldom use these words; we do not speak of bettering a wretched alley, or improving a foul sewer. There we use cleanse, purify, or similar words. We correct evils, reform abuses, rectify incidental conditions of evil or error; we ameliorate poverty and misery, which we can not wholly remove. We mend a tool, repair a building, correct proof; we amend character or conduct that is faulty, or a statement or law that is defective. A text, writing, or statement is amended by the author or by some adequate authority; it is often emended by conjecture. A motion is amended by the mover or by the assembly; a constitution is amended by the people; an ancient text is emended by a critic who believes that what seems to him the better reading is what the author wrote. Compare ALLEVIATE.

    Antonyms:
    aggravate, blemish, corrupt, debase, depress, deteriorate, harm, impair, injure, mar, spoil, tarnish, vitiate

    Synonyms:
    advance, ameliorate, amend, better, cleanse, correct, emend, make better, meliorate, mend, mitigate, purify, rectify, reform, repair

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 1 vote

  1. improve

    Synonyms:
    better, amend, ameliorate, emend, correct, mend, rectify, reform

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Princeton's WordNet4.0 / 1 vote

  1. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateverb

    to make better

    "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

    Synonyms:
    better, repair, remedy, amend, meliorate, remediate, break, ameliorate, rectify

  2. better, improve, ameliorate, meliorateverb

    get better

    "The weather improved toward evening"

    Synonyms:
    better, ameliorate, meliorate, break, amend

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. improveverb

    Synonyms:
    amend, ameliorate, rectify, better, mend, utilize, use, gain, get better

  2. improveverb

    Antonyms:
    deteriorate, decline, degenerate

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. wreak

    to improve is to when things are getting better and wreak is a total mess.

    my grades are improving my grades are a wreak

    Submitted by anonymous on November 17, 2019  

How to use improve in a sentence?

  1. Shen Changyu:

    China has some problems and we are stepping up efforts to fix them. But meanwhile, IP infringement is a global problem that exists in every country, every country should try to improve their business environment and fix their problems, instead of window dressing themselves.

  2. Mark Esper:

    Right now we're focused on helping Saudi Arabia improve their defense infrastructure.

  3. Samit Atiya:

    With our strong position in key markets across three continents and innovation focus, we expect to deliver above-market growth, at the same time, our initiatives to improve profitability should enable us to operate within our target margin corridor over the medium term.

  4. Aaron Jett:

    It should be no secret now that China is trying to move from a manufacturing to a consumer economy. That’s been in the news for a while. This is a huge overreaction, the consumer economy continues to improve in China. On such a big base now, it just can’t grow at 10% forever.

  5. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador:

    We'll help improve coffee production in whatever is needed.

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