Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPROVES

A word about Autun itself, a town that improves marvellously on acquaintance.

Motherhood, that improves and perfects most women, has personally wrecked her.

Nor does he distinguish between the suffering which improves and the suffering which only punishes and deters.

Then every Athenian improves and elevates them; all with the exception of myself; and I alone am their corrupter?

"Really, it improves him very much," said Hester to herself.

It improves the pronunciation and trains or keeps the ear in practice.

As a rule, he neither alters nor improves, any more than the birds do.

This kind of memory, he adds, now improves or increases with him from year to year.

The only polish that improves carving is that which comes of use.

Ashuretililani, king of Assyria, improves Nabu's temple at Calah, 229.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.