im·​prove·​ment | \ im-ˈprüv-mənt How to pronounce improvement (audio) \

Definition of improvement

1 : the act or process of improving
2a : the state of being improved especially : enhanced value or excellence
b : an instance of such improvement : something that enhances value or excellence

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Examples of improvement in a Sentence

Doctors were amazed by the sudden improvement in her medical condition. I've noticed a significant improvement in your work since the spring. The editor made some improvements to the article before it was printed. They spent the money on new kitchen cabinets and other home improvements.
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Recent Examples on the Web The mountains became stages for mystical self-discovery and Nietzschean improvement. Akash Kapur, The New Yorker, "Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya?," 18 Jan. 2021 More Blacks were elected to political office; there was economic improvement and more progress for other ethnic groups; and the general racial climate began to improve. Paul Delaney, USA TODAY, "'Where Do We Go from Here?' King's question amid the chaos of the '60s still resonates today," 18 Jan. 2021 Others moved as a result of changes in employment status or work arrangements (57%), including the ability to work remotely, and 53% expressed seeking a lifestyle change or improvement of quality of life. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "More people moved from northern states to western and southern states, continuing trend: Study," 18 Jan. 2021 Under Ash in 2020, Texas’ defense averaged holding its opponents to just under 29 points per game, although the statistics don’t reflect the unit’s improvement following a rocky start to the season. Dallas News, "Report: Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash to depart for NFL," 16 Jan. 2021 The intersection improvement project, being undertaken with the help of a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), will take place at S.OM. cleveland, "Mayfield Heights seeks to start trail connectivity project this year on as many as four fronts," 16 Jan. 2021 Council members asked Danner to continue negotiating with the companies, in hopes that money generated that way could be used as matching funds for future capital improvement grants. Bill Mchugh | Contributing Writer,, "Madisonville council gets status updates," 15 Jan. 2021 Some advocates criticized the pace at which DDOT moved on pedestrian and bike improvement projects, while others praised Marootian for listening to concerns. Washington Post, "D.C. transportation director leaving to join Biden administration’s climate team," 14 Jan. 2021 The more lives companies’ innovations save, and the greater the improvement in quality of life, the greater the reward. Nicole Hassoun, Quartz, "How to fix the orphan drug problem driving up medical costs," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of improvement

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of improvement was circa 1550

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24 Jan 2021

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“Improvement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of improvement

: the act of improving something : the act or process of making something better
: the quality of being better than before
: an addition or change that makes something better or more valuable


im·​prove·​ment | \ im-ˈprüv-mənt How to pronounce improvement (audio) \

Kids Definition of improvement

1 : the act or process of making something better His cooking needs improvement.
2 : increased value or excellence I've noticed improvement in your work.
3 : an addition or change that makes something better or more valuable We made improvements to our house.



Legal Definition of improvement

: a usually permanent addition to or modification of real property that enhances its capital value and is distinguished from an ordinary repair in being designed to make the property more useful or valuable

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