Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of improving.
  • n. The state of being improved.
  • n. A change or addition that improves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. The act of making profitable use or application 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.
  • n. The state of being improved; betterment; advance; also, that which is improved; as, the new edition is an improvement on the old.
  • n. Increase; growth; progress; advance.
  • n. : Valuable additions or betterments, as buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on premises.
  • n. : A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of improving; advancement or growth; promotion in desirable qualities; progress toward what is better; melioration
  • n. 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.
  • n. The state of being improved; betterment; advance; also, that which is improved.
  • n. Increase; growth; progress; advance.
  • n. Valuable additions or betterments, as buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on land or premises.
  • n. A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of improving or making better, or the state of being made better; advancement or increase in any good quality; betterment.
  • n. Profitable use or employment; practical or advantageous application: as, the improvement of one's time.
  • n. Use; practice; indulgence.
  • n. A betterment; that by which the value or excellence of a thing is enhanced; a beneficial or valuable change or addition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of improving something
  • n. a change for the better; progress in development
  • n. a condition superior to an earlier condition

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Examples

  • In the progrefs of improvement, the firft may rife to anj extravagance of price; the fecond has a limitation in the value c»f the ground employed to produce them; tlie third may be cx« ceedingly variable in a date of cpntinued improvement*

    The Monthly Review

  • Memory improvement means _improvement of the Action_ or _Manner_ of action of the Mental powers, and that what he imparts is the right way to USE the Intellect and Attention -- and that hence his System does make and must make better observers, clearer and more consecutive thinkers, and sounder reasoners as well as surer rememberers; that in short the fundamental principle of his System is Learn by Thinking, and that his achievements as a mind-trainer are completed when he has helped the student of his System to acquire the Habit of Attention and the Habit of

    Assimilative Memory or, How to Attend and Never Forget

  • The word improvement has itself been improved; it is now next generation.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • * Waiting for Superman suggests that teacher improvement is a matter of increased control and discipline over teachers.

    What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point

  • Almost none of the improvement is the consequence of new drugs or new devices.

    U.S. military medics use old and new techniques to save wounded in Afghanistan

  • In fact, I think an objective observer would say that this progress and this improvement is already underway.

    The Politics of Hope and Opportunity

  • Underlying this improvement is the distinct moderation that has started to take place in recent months in the rise in Canadian costs of production.

    A Foundation for Growth

  • I hope the government won't sell it off at a knock down price to make some short term improvement in treasury figures.

    BBC News - Home

  • About roughly out of this year I will guess that about half will be what I call improvement projects and half in investment or required for maintenance or repair type of projects.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • But that type of "improvement" is not what you as fans should want - not only will you have back-to-back losing seasons, but you will also win too many games to pick up a franchise quarterback for the next few years.

    2010 NFL Draft

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