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verb improve pronunciation in American English /ɪmˈpruv/
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present participleimproving
past tenseimproved
past participleimproved
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something better
    Our main objective is to improve educational standards.
    A light airy sunroom greatly improves the quality of life for residents.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become better
    Conditions at the camp have improved.
    Your English will improve with practice.
    The region has a weak, but improving, transportation infrastructure.


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a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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