I'm trying to remember a word which means "improve little by little", I'm not sure if it's just dialect where I'm from or if it's a proper word. Hopefully you guys can throw a few words at me.

If you practice guitar everyday you will ________, and eventually be a master.

  • Single word requests must include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. – Centaurus Dec 25 '16 at 12:11
  • My apologies, I have added an example. – Bazz Travers Dec 25 '16 at 12:20
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    get better is pretty basic – AmE speaker Dec 25 '16 at 12:49
  • Refine, but it's not quite a drop-in for your example. – Phil Sweet Dec 25 '16 at 14:02
  • "Get better in fits and starts" is one old idiom. – Hot Licks Dec 25 '16 at 14:07

I need to tweak your example a little, and phrase it as:

If you practice guitar everyday, your skills will grow incrementally, and you will eventually become a master.

The key missing word here is incrementally, using this definition from M-W:

of, relating to, being, or occurring in especially small increments <incremental additions> <incremental change>



to grow or develop, as in complexity, scope, or severity; advance:

If you practice guitar everyday you will progress, and eventually be a master.

In your example, however, I would use improve.

If you practice guitar everyday you will improve, and eventually be a master.

  • Suggest you use definition of progress as a verb. – Richard Kayser Dec 25 '16 at 19:25

I like better (verb):

Make (something) better; improve.

‘Swimming regularly betters the functioning of the heart and lungs.’ (Oxford Living Dictionaries)

To become better:

Conditions bettered with time. (TFT)


If you practice the guitar every day, you will gradually increase your dexterity and eventually become a master.

  • gradual - "developing slowly or by small increments" - TDF

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