• To make (something) better; to increase the value or productivity (of something).
  • To become better.
  • To disprove or make void; to refute.
  • To disapprove of; to find fault with; to reprove; to censure.
  • To use or employ to good purpose; to turn to profitable account.


  • From Anglo-Norman emprouwer, from Old French en- + prou, from Vulgar Latin prode.

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