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verb improve pronunciation in American English /ɪmˈpruv/
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present tense
present participleimproving
past tenseimproved
past participleimproved
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something better

    Our main objective is to improve educational standards.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become better

    Conditions at the camp have improved.

    Your English will improve with practice.

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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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