improvement

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for improvement

Synonyms

advance, advancement, breakthrough, enhancement, refinement

Antonyms

setback

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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

But there are some improvements that make the job easier and faster. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers," 11 Apr. 2019 The fence protests, which began exactly a year ago, have been aimed in large part at breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza, but haven’t delivered major improvements. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Rockets from Gaza Strip hit Israel; 4 die at border protest," 31 Mar. 2019 Nonprofit health-care systems and hospitals do make profits, but these profits are constantly reinvested toward improvements and providing for the future. WSJ, "Nonprofits Need Income Beyond Their Costs," 26 Mar. 2019 Company officials have fought the move to install a new manager and told The Arizona Republic last month that the company has invested heavily in system improvements. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Judge slams Johnson Utilities' service, says company needs an emergency manager," 12 July 2018 Iglesia notes that some preliminary small studies have found slight improvements in vaginal dryness and tightness 6 or 12 months after three treatments of laser or radio frequency. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is on the Rise, But the Results Often Don't Live Up to the Hype," 27 Mar. 2019 Along with improvements in sleep and mood, chronic aches are the main reason people are turning to CBD. Laurel Leicht, Marie Claire, "An Expert Answers All Your Questions About CBD," 26 Mar. 2019 Multifactor productivity measures the improvement in U.S. output after accounting for any additions to capital and labor. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, "Measure of U.S. Innovation Jumped in 2018," 20 Mar. 2019 Finally, there appear to have been slight improvements in the way users interact with the Windows holographic UI. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 with a strong business bent," 24 Feb. 2019

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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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improvement

noun

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

improvement

noun
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.

improvement

noun
im·​prove·​ment

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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