The situation has improved somewhat with mandatory hearing tests and the Internet, but can be grim sometimes.
The economy has steadily (if slowly) improved and the 2010 midterm elections reduced the sense of urgency in the opposition.
His numbers improved, declined, and improved again to a degree that was incomparable to his modern-day pitcher counterparts.
Even in the UN General Assembly's human rights committee, the reputation of Assad's regime has improved slightly.
While the overall security situation has improved, insurgent attacks on Iraqi government institutions continue.
He had not improved in temper, when he was summoned in to dinner.
Profiting by these aids, an improved type of cable was designed.
A little while on the ice might have improved it, but we gave it no time.
He saw, at a glance, that the circumstance might possibly be improved to further his own ends.
Its twin spire-crowned western towers will be improved when the masses of masonry now propping them are removed.
late 15c., "to use to one's profit, to increase (income)," from Anglo-French emprouwer "to turn to profit" (late 13c.), from Old French en-, causative prefix, + prou "profit," from Latin prode "advantageous" (see proud). Spelling with -v- was rare before 17c. Meaning "to raise to a better quality or condition" first recorded 1610s. Phrase improve the occasion retains the etymological sense. Meaning "to turn land to profit" (by clearing it, erecting buildings, etc.) was in Anglo-French (13c.) and was retained in the American colonies.