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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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 For example, the Colts finished 10 turnovers behind league-leading Chicago in 2018 and 15 behind the pace-setting Steelers in 2019, leaving plenty of room for improvement. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "What went wrong for the Colts defense this season, and where they need to improve," 7 Jan. 2020 The city is seeking feedback on a draft update of its Americans With Disabilities Act Transition Plan, a document that evaluates how well the city is complying with the federal law requiring disability access and outlines steps for improvement. BostonGlobe.com, "Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Office on Disabilities awarded Salem a $75,000 grant to prepare the update. The city partnered on the effort with a consultant, the Institute for Human Centered Design.," 31 Dec. 2019 The modern world heavily relies on lithium ion batteries, which have tons of room for improvement. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Future Lithium-Ion Batteries Could One Day 'Heal' Themselves," 31 Dec. 2019 Actress Maggie Q, who created an activewear line from recycled fabrics, is among activists who see plenty of room for improvement. Fortune, "Why Your Next Dress Could Be Made of Horseradish," 30 Dec. 2019 Actress Maggie Q, who created an activewear line from recycled fabrics, is among activists who see plenty of room for improvement. Washington Post, "Innovative fashion designers lead the way on sustainability," 30 Dec. 2019 The review included recommendations for improvement. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "'Shocks my conscience:' Councilman wants review of race disparities in Cincy traffic stops," 27 Dec. 2019 The main area in which there's room for improvement is the messy story development of Act II. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sing Street': Theater Review," 17 Dec. 2019 Additionally, no teachers at the school have been provided with growth plans for improvement because of teaching deficiencies. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, "State plan for Little Rock School District gets 8-0 board OK; restrictions put on local control," 13 Dec. 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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10 Jan 2020

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“Improvement.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/improvement. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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improvement

noun
How to pronounce improvement (audio)

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

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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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