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English verb: improve

1. improve (change) to make better


SamplesThe editor improved the manuscript with his changes.


ExamplesThey improve their earnings this year


Synonymsameliorate, amend, better, meliorate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)advance, aid, alleviate, assuage, beautify, build, build up, bushel, condition, develop, distill, doctor, down, educate, embellish, emend, enhance, enrich, fancify, fine-tune, fix, fructify, furbish up, help, help, hone, iron out, lift, make pure, mend, palliate, perfect, polish, prettify, purify, put right, raise, refine, reform, reform, regenerate, relieve, repair, restore, revitalize, straighten out, sublimate, touch on, turn around, upgrade, upgrade


Causeameliorate, better, improve, meliorate


Verb groupameliorate, better, improve, meliorate


Antonymsaggravate, exacerbate, worsen, exasperate

2. improve (change) get better


SamplesThe weather improved toward evening.


ExamplesTheir earnings improve this year


Synonymsameliorate, better, meliorate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)bounce back, convalesce, fructify, get over, get well, heal, heal, mend, pick up, recover, recuperate, reform, see the light, straighten out, surge, turn around, upgrade


Verb groupameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate


Antonymsdecline, worsen









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