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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the referendum, voters approved raising the city's sales tax by 1 percentage point, half of which was earmarked for public improvement projects and is scheduled to expire in 2022. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, 10 May 2022 The Carlsbad City Council met in special session Tuesday to continue discussion of the city’s capital improvement projects. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 Currently, there are three other improvement projects ongoing on the land, according to Shane Ellison, chief administrative officer with the Etowah County Commission. William Thornton |, al, 3 May 2022 In total, $405,625 has been allocated toward park improvement projects in Northern Kentucky through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, officials said in a news release Friday. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2022 Speaking about capital improvement projects for 2022, Bodnar said that the projects are familiar ones as they have been postponed over the past couple of years due to the pandemic. cleveland, 22 Apr. 2022 Lowe’s is another retailer boasting strong recent earnings that is known for providing services and assistance with home improvement projects. Lisette Huyskamp, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 The administration previously pledged to spend billions in federal relief dollars on replacing water lines and other improvement projects in the city, and continues to distribute bottled water. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2022 The partnership has raised $224,000 for park improvement projects. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Improvement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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