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.
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.