Date: 1500-1600
Origin: emprowe 'to improve' (15-16 centuries), from Anglo-French emprouer 'to make a profit', from Old French prou 'advantage, profit'; probably influenced by approve


im‧prove S2 W1
[intransitive and transitive] to make something better, or to become better:
a course for students wishing to improve their English
The doctors say she is improving (=after being ill).
You could use the money for improving your home.
Many wines improve with age (=get better as they get older).

improve on/upon something

phrasal verb
to do something better than before or make something better than before:
Bertorelli has scored 165 points, and I don't think anyone will improve on that.

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