Meaning of “improve” in the English Dictionary

"improve" in British English

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improveverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪmˈpruːv/ us /ɪmˈpruːv/

A2 to (cause something to) get better:

He did a lot to improve conditions for factory workers.
I thought the best way to improve my French was to live in France.
Her health has improved dramatically since she started on this new diet.

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  • Some athletes take drugs to improve their performance.
  • This wine will improve with age.
  • Studies suggest that regular intake of the vitamin significantly improves brain function.
  • My quality of life has improved tremendously since I moved to the country.
  • Compare some recent work with your older stuff and you'll see how much you've improved.

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(Definition of “improve” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"improve" in American English

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improveverb [ I/T ]

us /ɪmˈpruv/

to get better, or to make something better:

[ I ] Her grades have improved greatly this semester.
[ T ] He did a lot to improve conditions for factory workers.

If you improve on something, you succeed in doing or making it better:

[ I ] The company is hoping to improve on last year’s sales figures.

(Definition of “improve” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"improve" in Business English

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improveverb

uk /ɪmˈpruːv/ us

[ I ] to get better:

gradually/greatly/vastly improve Conditions for foreign investors are also gradually improving.
improve considerably/dramatically/significantly

[ T ] to make something better:

We're working hard to improve the situation.

if prices, shares, sales, etc. improve a particular amount, they increase by that amount:

Total new business improved by almost a quarter in the three months to September 30.
The shares improved 20p to 730p.
begin/continue to improve Total exports continued to improve and increased by 10.3% in November.

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(Definition of “improve” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)