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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPROVED

Meanwhile, fortune had improved with Mr. Davis, the superintendent of the factory.

Year by year the character of hospital nursing has improved.

This change, if it deteriorated his mind, improved his exterior.

Profiting by these aids, an improved type of cable was designed.

He saw, at a glance, that the circumstance might possibly be improved to further his own ends.

The gravy will be improved by stirring into it a glass of port wine.

It may be improved by boiling a little ginger with the other ingredients.

The lad's rifle was of the most improved make and a bullet would reach.

So he invented or improved the harp, and fixed the rules of verse and song.

Mr. Cruncher's temper was not at all improved when he came to his breakfast.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "to use to one's profit, to increase (income)," from Anglo-French emprouwer "to turn to profit" (late 13c.), from Old French en-, causative prefix, + prou "profit," from Latin prode "advantageous" (see proud). Spelling with -v- was rare before 17c. Meaning "to raise to a better quality or condition" first recorded 1610s. Phrase improve the occasion retains the etymological sense. Meaning "to turn land to profit" (by clearing it, erecting buildings, etc.) was in Anglo-French (13c.) and was retained in the American colonies.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR IMPROVED

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adjectivemodernized, restored

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adjectivemodernized, restored
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