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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPROVING

He felt vaguely that his reluctance did him credit, and that he was improving.

In 1859 a movement was made for improving its shores as a public park.

We're not thwarting Lieutenant Ferry's plan, we're only improving upon it.

The ever improving brain will give us an ever broadening creed.

Reaching Abydos, he set about improving his naval and military position.

I can scarce use my arms, it is true, but they are improving.

Many of us are improving the opportunity of bathing in the York.

Hybridization has been the chief means of improving the grape.

Besides, here I have no hope of learning anything or improving my condition.

It's little we used to hear of improving, when I was a child.

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 IMPROVING

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