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Pronunciation:  im'proovmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of improving something; "their improvements increased the value of the property"
  2. [n]  a change for the better; progress in development
  3. [n]  a condition superior to an earlier condition; "the new school represents a great improvement"

IMPROVEMENT is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: advance, betterment, melioration
 Antonyms: declination, decline
 See Also: accommodation, adjustment, airing, amelioration, betterment, betterment, change of state, clarification, cleaning, cleansing, cleanup, clearing, condition, conservation, correction, development, development, elaboration, enhancement, enrichment, fitting, fix, fixing, fixture, humanisation, humanization, melioration, mending, modernisation, modernization, optimisation, optimization, perfection, preservation, recovery, rectification, redevelopment, refinement, reform, reformation, renovation, renovation, repair, reparation, restoration, resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revival, revivification, self-improvement, self-reformation, shift, stabilisation, stabilization, status, sweetening, tenderisation, tenderization, transformation, transmutation, upturn, ventilation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im*prove"ment\, n.
1. The act of improving; advancement or growth; promotion in
   desirable qualities; progress toward what is better;
   melioration; as, the improvement of the mind, of land,
   roads, etc.

         I look upon your city as the best place of
         improvement.                          --South.

         Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all
         our faculties.                        --Blair.

2. The act of making profitable use or applicaton of
   anything, or the state of being profitably employed; a
   turning to good account; practical application, as of a
   doctrine, principle, or theory, stated in a discourse. ``A
   good improvement of his reason.'' --S. Clarke.

         I shall make some improvement of this doctrine.

3. The state of being improved; betterment; advance; also,
   that which is improved; as, the new edition is an
   improvement on the old.

         The parts of Sinon, Camilla, and some few others,
         are improvements on the Greek poet.   --Addison.

4. Increase; growth; progress; advance.

         There is a design of publishing the history of
         architecture, with its several improvements and
         decays.                               --Addison.

         Those vices which more particularly receive
         improvement by prosperity.            --South.

5. pl. Valuable additions or betterments, as buildings,
   clearings, drains, fences, etc., on premises.

6. (Patent Laws) A useful addition to, or modification of, a
   machine, manufacture, or composition. --Kent.

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