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

Watch for lane closures on Northeast Riverside Way from 21st Avenue to 33rd Drive for street improvements. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Friday traffic: Grand Floral Parade closes streets Saturday morning," 7 June 2019 Dolton-Riverdale School District 148 was awarded $200,000 for playground improvements. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Towns may have to wait years to get funds through Rebuild Illinois capital plan," 6 June 2019 County supervisors also hope to establish a new grant program to help homeowners paying for improvements like ember-resistant vents, Jacob said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County launches new fire safety initiatives to protect high-risk communities," 4 June 2019 Officials did not say how much lead was found, only that the samples were taken during preparations for improvements at Chew. Frank Kummer, https://www.inquirer.com, "Athletic field at popular Point Breeze playground closed after lead found in soil," 4 June 2019 Microsoft is positioning the improvements as an accessibility upgrade. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft revives once-dead Paint with new keyboard controls and accessibility enhancements," 16 May 2019 Just like with my fitness and skin, the improvement in my mental health was gradual. Laura Anderson, Glamour, "Quitting Drinking Didn’t Make All My Dreams Come True," 15 May 2019 Pros: warm, ideal work surface, heat resistant Cons: medium maintenance, will show knife marks The improvement in graphics has breathed new life into plastic laminates. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 Next door, Mario Tapia worries about what the improvements will mean. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Experts restore what might be oldest house in Mexico," 12 Sep. 2018

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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
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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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