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


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

      adj 1: made more desirable or valuable or profitable; especially
             made ready for use or marketing; "new houses are
             springing up on an improved tract of land near the
             river"; "an improved breed" [ant: unimproved]
      2: become or made better in quality; "was proud of his improved
         grades"; "an improved viewfinder"
      3: (of land) made ready for development or agriculture by
         clearing of trees and brush; "improved farmlands"