improve

verb
ADVERB
considerably, dramatically, drastically, greatly, immeasurably, immensely, materially, radically, really, remarkably, significantly, substantially, tremendously, vastly

The situation has improved dramatically during the last few months.

This legislation will vastly improve the quality of life of New Zealanders.

markedly, noticeably

My ability to read French has improved markedly.

measurably
certainly, definitely
potentially
marginally, modestly, slightly, somewhat
ultimately
quickly, rapidly
gradually, slowly, steadily
consistently, constantly, continually, continuously
generally

Working and living conditions have generally improved.

VERB + IMPROVE
continue to

The weather should continue to improve over the weekend.

strive to, try to

They are trying to improve the working conditionsin their factories.

help to
be designed to
PHRASES
aimed at improving sth

measures aimed at improving government efficiency

an attempt to improve sth, an effort to improve sth
an incentive to improve sth

Workers need to be given an incentive to improve their performance.

much improved

We now offer a much improved service to our customers.

new and improved

the new and improved version of the website

Improve is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑circumstance, ↑condition, ↑economy, ↑fortune, ↑health, ↑hearing, ↑mood, ↑morale, ↑patient, ↑productivity, ↑prospect, ↑quality, ↑rating, ↑ratio, ↑relation, ↑reliability, ↑sale, ↑service, ↑situation, ↑symptom, ↑temper, ↑thing, ↑weather
Improve is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ability, ↑accountability, ↑accuracy, ↑amenity, ↑appearance, ↑atmosphere, ↑attendance, ↑balance, ↑balance sheet, ↑base, ↑capability, ↑chance, ↑circulation, ↑clarity, ↑climate, ↑command, ↑communication, ↑condition, ↑confidence, ↑consistency, ↑control, ↑cooperation, ↑coordination, ↑defence, ↑delivery, ↑design, ↑detection, ↑digestion, ↑economy, ↑education, ↑effectiveness, ↑efficiency, ↑endurance, ↑environment, ↑facility, ↑finance, ↑fitness, ↑flavour, ↑flexibility, ↑flow, ↑footwork, ↑fortune, ↑fundamentals, ↑game, ↑grade, ↑handling, ↑health, health service, ↑image, ↑knowledge, ↑level, ↑liaison, ↑likelihood, ↑literacy, ↑management, ↑manuscript, ↑margin, ↑marketing, ↑method, ↑mood, ↑morale, ↑motivation, ↑neighbourhood, ↑nutrition, ↑odds, ↑outlook, ↑penetration, ↑per cent, ↑perception, ↑performance, ↑point, ↑posture, ↑practice, ↑precision, ↑production, ↑productivity, ↑profile, ↑profitability, ↑prospect, ↑quality, ↑rate, ↑rating, ↑ratio, ↑record, ↑recovery, ↑relation, ↑relationship, ↑reliability, ↑reputation, ↑return, ↑safety, ↑score, ↑security, ↑service, ↑situation, ↑skill, ↑soil, ↑spelling, ↑squad, ↑stability, ↑stamina, ↑standard, ↑standing, ↑status, ↑strength, ↑supervision, ↑survival, ↑symptom, ↑system, ↑taste, ↑technique, ↑technology, ↑temper, ↑tolerance, ↑understanding, ↑utility, ↑ventilation, ↑viability, ↑visibility, ↑vision, ↑welfare, ↑well-being, ↑writing

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  • Improve — Im*prove , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Improved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Improving}.] [Pref. in in + prove, in approve. See {Approve}, {Prove.}] 1. To make better; to increase the value or good qualities of; to ameliorate by care or cultivation; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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