- emprove (obsolete)
- (transitive) To make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something).
2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
- Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. Piling debt onto companies’ balance-sheets is only a small part of what leveraged buy-outs are about, they insist. Improving the workings of the businesses they take over is just as core to their calling, if not more so. Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster.
- Painting the woodwork will improve this house.
- Buying more servers would improve performance.
- (intransitive) To become better.
- I have improved since taking the tablets.
- The error messages have improved since the last version, when they were incomprehensible.
- (obsolete) To disprove or make void; to refute.
- Neither can any of them make so strong a reason which another cannot improve.
- (obsolete) To disapprove of; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure.
- to improve negligence
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)
- When he rehearsed his preachings and his doing unto the high apostles, they could improve nothing.
- (dated) To use or employ to good purpose; to turn to profitable account.
- to improve one's time; to improve his means
- We shall especially honour God by improving diligently the talents which God hath committed to us.
- a hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved
- The court seldom fails to improve the opportunity.
- I. Watts
- How doth the little busy bee / Improve each shining hour.
- True policy, as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion.
to make something better
to become better
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