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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·prove, v. i.
 1. To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health.
    We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence.   --Atterbury.
 2. To advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse. “Domitian improved in cruelty.”
 3. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves.
 To improve on or To improve upon, to make useful additions or amendments to, or changes in; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage.