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Synonyms for improve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate(verb)

    to make better

    "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

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

  2. better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate(verb)

    get better

    "The weather improved toward evening"

    better, ameliorate, meliorate, break, amend


  1. improve(verb)

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

    batten, better, enhance, ameliorate

  2. improve(verb)

    to become better

    ameliorate, enhance, better, batten


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. improve

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. improve(v. a.)

    amend, mend, better, meliorate, ameliorate, make better

  2. improve(v. a.)

    use, make use of, turn to account, avail one's self of

  3. improve(v. a.)

    make a good use of, turn to good account, employ advantageously, make productive

  4. improve(v. a.)

    apply practically (as the doctrines of a discourse)

  5. improve(v. n.)

    mend, become better, get better, get on, gain ground, pick up

  6. improve(v. n.)

    make progress, take a step forward

  7. improve(v. n.)

    (Com.) increase, rise, be enhanced

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. improve(v)

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

  2. improve(v)

    deteriorate, decline, degenerate

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How to use improve in a sentence?

  1. James Allen:

    Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.

  2. Benjamin Breyer:

    A bicycle is no longer a kid's toy. It's enjoyed by adults, and it's great, it's such a fantastic sport, it's great exercise, it's low-impact, it's been shown to have all these cardiovascular benefits and to improve your own general well-being.

  3. Aaron Jett:

    The consumer economy continues to improve in China. On such a big base now, it just can’t grow at 10% forever.

  4. The NABE:

    The median forecast suggests conditions will improve by the end of the year with support from aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus.

  5. Don Thoma:

    The whole reason Aireon was put together was certainly to help improve safety, but The ICAO also provides a significant benefit to the airlines, the fact that you know what's happening — where the aircraft are — allows airlines that fly over oceans to operate more efficiently.

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    A synonym for "subterranean"
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    • B. overhead
    • C. surface
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