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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 im·prove /ɪmˈpruv/

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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·prove v. t.
 1. To disprove or make void; to refute. [Obs.]
    Neither can any of them make so strong a reason which another can not improve.   --Tyndale.
 2. To disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure; as, to improve negligence. [Obs.]
    When he rehearsed his preachings and his doing unto the high apostles, they could improve nothing.   --Tyndale.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·prove, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Improved p. pr. & vb. n. Improving.]
 1. To make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to improve land.
    I love not to improve the honor of the living by impairing that of the dead.   --Denham.
 2. To use or employ to good purpose; to make productive; to turn to profitable account; to utilize; as, to improve one's time; to improve his means.
    We shall especially honor God by improving diligently the talents which God hath committed to us.   --Barrow.
    A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved.   --Addison.
    The court seldom fails to improve the opportunity.   --Blackstone.
 How doth the little busy bee
 Improve each shining hour.   --I. Watts.
    Those moments were diligently improved.   --Gibbon.
    True policy, as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion.   --Washington.
 3. To advance or increase by use; to augment or add to; -- said with reference to what is bad. [R.]
    We all have, I fear, . . . not a little improved the wretched inheritance of our ancestors.   --Bp. Porteus.
 Syn: -- To better; meliorate; ameliorate; advance; heighten; mend; correct; rectify; amend; reform.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his
           changes" [syn: better, amend, ameliorate, meliorate]
           [ant: worsen]
      2: get better; "The weather improved toward evening" [syn: better,
          ameliorate, meliorate] [ant: worsen]