improver

[im-proo-ver]
noun
1.
a person or thing that improves.
2.
a substance or agent added to improve a food, especially as a preservative.

Origin:
1640–50; improve + -er1

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To improver
Collins
World English Dictionary
improve (ɪmˈpruːv)
 
vb
1.  to make or become better in quality; ameliorate
2.  (tr) to make (buildings, land, etc) more valuable by additions or betterment
3.  (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to achieve a better standard or quality in comparison (with): to improve on last year's crop
 
n
4.  informal (Austral) on the improve improving
 
[C16: from Anglo-French emprouer to turn to profit, from en prou into profit, from prou profit, from Late Latin prōde beneficial, from Latin prōdesse to be advantageous, from pro-1 + esse to be]
 
im'provable
 
adj
 
improva'bility
 
n
 
im'provableness
 
n
 
im'provably
 
adv
 
im'prover
 
n
 
im'provingly
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
In fact, power is the ultimate life-improver tout court.
It was quickly recognized that the product had more value as a diesel cetane improver.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature