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IMPROVE, v.t. improov'. [L. in and probo, to prove, or the adjective probus.]

1. To make better; to advance in value or good qualities. We amend a bad, but improve a good thing.

A good education improves the mind and the manners. A judicious rotation of crops tends to improve land.

2. To use or employ to good purpose; to make productive; to turn to profitable account; to use for advantage; to employ for advancing interest, reputation or happiness.

Many opportunities occur of improving money, which,if a man misses,he may not afterwards recover.

Melissus was a man of parts, capable or enjoying and improving life.

True policy as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion.

This success was not improved.

Those who enjoy the advantage of better instruction,should improve their privileges.

They were aware of the advantages of their position, and improved them with equal skill and diligence.

Those moments were diligently improved.

The candidate improved his advantages.

A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved.

Whatever interest we have at the throne of grace,should be improved in behalf of others.

The court seldom fails to improve the opportunity.

My lords, no time should be lost, which may promise to improve this disposition in America.

If we neglect to improve our knowledge to the ends for which it was given--

It is the fault of persons not improving that light.

The shorter the time--the more eager were they to improve it.

A young minister wishing to improve the occasion--

3. To apply to practical purposes; as, to improve a discourse, or the doctrines stated and proved in a sermon.

4. To advance or increase by use; in a bad sense.

I fear we have not a little improved the wretched inheritance of our ancestors.

5. To use; to employ; as, to improve a witness of a deposition.

Let even the coach, the inns, or the ships be improved as openings for useful instruction.

6. To use; to occupy; to cultivate. The house or the farm is now improved by an industrious tenant.

This application is perhaps peculiar to some parts of the U. States. It however deviates little from that in some of the forgoing definitions.

IMPROVE, v.i. improov'. To grow better or wiser; to advance in goodness, knowledge, wisdom or other excellence. We are pleased to see our children improve in knowledge and virtue. A farm improves under judicious management. The artisan improves by experience. It is the duty,as it is the desire of a good man, to improve in grace and piety.

We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence.

1. To advance in bad qualities; to grow worse.

Domitian improved in cruelty toward the end of his reign.

[I regret to see this word thus used, or rather perverted.]

2. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise.

The price of cotton improves, or is improved.

[A mercantile and modern use of the word.]

To improve on, to make useful additions or amendments to; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage usually practiced.




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IMPROVE, v.t. improov'. [L. in and probo, to prove, or the adjective probus.]

1. To make better; to advance in value or good qualities. We amend a bad, but improve a good thing.

A good education improves the mind and the manners. A judicious rotation of crops tends to improve land.

2. To use or employ to good purpose; to make productive; to turn to profitable account; to use for advantage; to employ for advancing interest, reputation or happiness.

Many opportunities occur of improving money, which,if a man misses,he may not afterwards recover.

Melissus was a man of parts, capable or enjoying and improving life.

True policy as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion.

This success was not improved.

Those who enjoy the advantage of better instruction,should improve their privileges.

They were aware of the advantages of their position, and improved them with equal skill and diligence.

Those moments were diligently improved.

The candidate improved his advantages.

A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved.

Whatever interest we have at the throne of grace,should be improved in behalf of others.

The court seldom fails to improve the opportunity.

My lords, no time should be lost, which may promise to improve this disposition in America.

If we neglect to improve our knowledge to the ends for which it was given--

It is the fault of persons not improving that light.

The shorter the time--the more eager were they to improve it.

A young minister wishing to improve the occasion--

3. To apply to practical purposes; as, to improve a discourse, or the doctrines stated and proved in a sermon.

4. To advance or increase by use; in a bad sense.

I fear we have not a little improved the wretched inheritance of our ancestors.

5. To use; to employ; as, to improve a witness of a deposition.

Let even the coach, the inns, or the ships be improved as openings for useful instruction.

6. To use; to occupy; to cultivate. The house or the farm is now improved by an industrious tenant.

This application is perhaps peculiar to some parts of the U. States. It however deviates little from that in some of the forgoing definitions.

IMPROVE, v.i. improov'. To grow better or wiser; to advance in goodness, knowledge, wisdom or other excellence. We are pleased to see our children improve in knowledge and virtue. A farm improves under judicious management. The artisan improves by experience. It is the duty,as it is the desire of a good man, to improve in grace and piety.

We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence.

1. To advance in bad qualities; to grow worse.

Domitian improved in cruelty toward the end of his reign.

[I regret to see this word thus used, or rather perverted.]

2. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise.

The price of cotton improves, or is improved.

[A mercantile and modern use of the word.]

To improve on, to make useful additions or amendments to; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage usually practiced.


IM-PROVE', v.i. [improov'.]

  1. To grow better or wiser; to advance in goodness, knowledge, wisdom or other excellence. We are pleased to see our children improve in knowledge and virtue. A farm improves under judicious management. The artisan improves by experience. It is the duty, as it is the desire of a good man, to improve in grace and piety. We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence. Atterbury.
  2. To advance in bad qualities; to grow worse. Domitian improved in cruelty toward the end of his reign. Milner. [I regret to see this word thus used, or rather perverted.]
  3. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise. The price of cotton improves, or is improved. [A mercantile and modern use of the word.] To improve on, to make useful additions or amendments to; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage usually practiced.

IM-PROVE', v.t. [improov'; Norm. prover, to improve; improwment, improving. The French and Italians use the same compound in a different sense. It is from the Latin in and probo, to prove, or the adjective probus.]

  1. To make better; to advance in value or good qualities. We amend a bad, but improve a good thing. A good education improves the mind and the manners. A judicious rotation of crops tends to improve land. Johnson.
  2. To use or employ to good purpose; to make productive; to turn to profitable account; to use for advantage; to employ for advancing interest, reputation or happiness. Many opportunities occur of improving money, which, if a men misses, he may not afterwards recover. Rambler. Melissus was a man of parts, capable of enjoying and improving life. Ibm. True policy as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion. Washington. This success was not improved. Marshall. Those who enjoy the advantage of better instruction, should improve their privileges. Milner. We shall especially honor God by improving diligently the talents which God hath committed to us. Barrow. They were aware of the advantages of their position, and improved them with equal skill and diligence. Walsh, Rev. of Hamilton's Works. Those moments were diligently improved. Gibbon. The candidate improved his advantages. Gibbon. A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved. Addison, Spect. iii. Whatever interest we have at the throne of grace, should be improved in behalf of others. Scott, Com. Ex. xxxiii. The court seldom fails to improve the opportunity. Blackstone. My lords, no time should be lost, which may promise to improve this disposition in America. Lord Chatham. If we neglect to improve our knowledge to the ends for which it was given. Locke. It is the fault of persons not improving that light. S. Clarke. The shorter the time – the more eager were they to improve it. Lardner. A young minister wishing to improve the occasion. C. Simeon.
  3. To apply to practical purposes; as, to improve a discourse, or the doctrines stated and proved in a sermon. Owen.
  4. To advance or increase by use; in a bad sense. I fear we have not a little improved the wretched inheritance of our ancestors. [Ill.] Porteus.
  5. To use; to employ; as, to improve a witness or a deposition. Let even the coach, the inns, or the ships, be improved as openings for useful instruction. T. Scott.
  6. To use; to occupy; to cultivate. The house or the farm is now improved by an industrious tenant. This application is perhaps peculiar to some parts of the United States. It however deviates little from that in some of the foregoing definitions.

Im*prove"
  1. To disprove or make void; to refute.

    [Obs.]

    Neither can any of them make so strong a reason which another can not improve. Tyndale.

  2. 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.

  3. To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health.

    We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence. Atterbury.

  4. To disapprove; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure; as, to improve negligence.

    [Obs.] Chapman.

    When he rehearsed his preachings and his doing unto the high apostles, they could improve nothing. Tyndale.

  5. 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.

  6. To advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse.

    "Domitian improved in cruelty." Milner.
  7. 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.

  8. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves.

    To improve on or upon, to make useful additions or amendments to, or changes in; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage.

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Improve

IMPROVE, verb transitive improov'. [Latin in and probo, to prove, or the adjective probus.]

1. To make better; to advance in value or good qualities. We amend a bad, but improve a good thing.

A good education improves the mind and the manners. A judicious rotation of crops tends to improve land.

2. To use or employ to good purpose; to make productive; to turn to profitable account; to use for advantage; to employ for advancing interest, reputation or happiness.

Many opportunities occur of improving money, which, if a man misses, he may not afterwards recover.

Melissus was a man of parts, capable or enjoying and improving life.

True policy as well as good faith, in my opinion, binds us to improve the occasion.

This success was not improved.

Those who enjoy the advantage of better instruction, should improve their privileges.

They were aware of the advantages of their position, and improved them with equal skill and diligence.

Those moments were diligently improved.

The candidate improved his advantages.

A hint that I do not remember to have seen opened and improved.

Whatever interest we have at the throne of grace, should be improved in behalf of others.

The court seldom fails to improve the opportunity.

My lords, no time should be lost, which may promise to improve this disposition in America.

If we neglect to improve our knowledge to the ends for which it was given--

It is the fault of persons not improving that light.

The shorter the time--the more eager were they to improve it.

A young minister wishing to improve the occasion--

3. To apply to practical purposes; as, to improve a discourse, or the doctrines stated and proved in a sermon.

4. To advance or increase by use; in a bad sense.

I fear we have not a little improved the wretched inheritance of our ancestors.

5. To use; to employ; as, to improve a witness of a deposition.

Let even the coach, the inns, or the ships be improved as openings for useful instruction.

6. To use; to occupy; to cultivate. The house or the farm is now improved by an industrious tenant.

This application is perhaps peculiar to some parts of the U. States. It however deviates little from that in some of the forgoing definitions.

IMPROVE, verb intransitive improov'. To grow better or wiser; to advance in goodness, knowledge, wisdom or other excellence. We are pleased to see our children improve in knowledge and virtue. A farm improves under judicious management. The artisan improves by experience. It is the duty, as it is the desire of a good man, to improve in grace and piety.

We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence.

1. To advance in bad qualities; to grow worse.

Domitian improved in cruelty toward the end of his reign.

[I regret to see this word thus used, or rather perverted.]

2. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise.

The price of cotton improves, or is improved.

[A mercantile and modern use of the word.]

To improve on, to make useful additions or amendments to; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage usually practiced.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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CONSTABLE, n. [L., a stable; count of the stable.]

1. The Lord High Constable of England, the seventh officer of the crown. He had the care of the common peace, in deeds of arms, and matters of war; being a judge of the court of chivalry, now called the court of honor. To this officer and to the Earl marshal belonged the cognizance of the contracts, deeds of arms, without the realm, and combats and blazonry within the realm. The power of this officer was so great and so improperly used, that it was abridged by the 13th Richard II., and was afterwards forfeited in the person of Edward Stafford, duke of Buckingham, in 1521. It has never been granted to any person, since that time, except pro hac vice, or on a particular occasion.

2. An officer of the peace. In England, there are high constables, petty constables, and constables of London. The high constables are chosen at the court leets of the franchise or hundred over which they preside, or in default of that, by the justices of the quarter sessions, and are removable by the same authority that appoints them. The petty constables are chosen by the jury of the court leet, or if no court is held, they are appointed by two justices of the peace. In London, a constable is nominated in each precinct by the inhabitants, and confirmed at the court of wardmote. The duty of constables is to keep the peace, and for this purpose they are invested with the power of arresting and imprisoning, and of breaking open houses.

In the United States, constables are town or city officers of the peace, with powers similar to those possessed by the constables in Great Britain. They are invested also with powers to execute civil as well as criminal process, and to levy executions. In New England, they are elected by the inhabitants of towns in legal meeting.

To overrun the constable, to spend more than a man is worth or can pay; a vulgar phrase.

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