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  ( improves    3rd person present)   ( improving    present participle)   ( improved    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something improves or if you improve it, it gets better.  
Both the texture and condition of your hair should improve...      V  
Time won't improve the situation...      V n  
2       verb   If a skill you have improves or you improve a skill, you get better at it.  
Their French has improved enormously...      V  
He said he was going to improve his football.      V n  
3       verb   If you improve after an illness or an injury, your health gets better or you get stronger.   (=recover)  
He had improved so much the doctor had cut his dosage.      V  
4       verb   If you improveon a previous achievement of your own or of someone else, you achieve a better standard or result.  
We need to improve on our performance against France.      V on n  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    advance, ameliorate, amend, augment, better, correct, face-lift, help, mend, polish, rectify, touch up, upgrade  
2    develop, enhance, gain strength, increase, look up     (informal)   make strides, perk up, pick up, progress, rally, reform, rise, take a turn for the better     (informal)   take on a new lease of life     (informal)  
3    be on the mend, convalesce, gain ground, gain strength, grow better, make progress, mend, recover, recuperate, turn the corner  
4    clean up one's act     (informal)   get it together     (informal)   get one's act together     (informal)   pull one's socks up     (Brit. informal)   reform, shape up     (informal)   turn over a new leaf  
1    damage, harm, impair, injure, mar, worsen  

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