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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Improve \Im*prove"\, verb (used with an object) [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 improve land. --Donne.

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. --Shak.

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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

improved \improved\ adjective

1. advanced to a more desirable or valuable or excellent state. Opposite of {unimproved}. [Narrower terms: {built, reinforced}; {cleared, tilled ; {developed}; {grade ; {graded, graveled ] Also See: {restored}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. changed for the better; as, her improved behavior.

Syn: amended. [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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"

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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