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Meaning of improvement by Wiktionary Dictionary

improvement


    Alternative forms

    Noun

    improvement ( plural: improvements )

    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." -Robert South .
      "Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties." -Hugh Blair .
    2. 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 .
      "A good improvement of his reason." - Samuel Clarke .
      "I shall make some improvement of this doctrine." -John Tillotson .
    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." -Joseph Addison .
    4. Increase; growth; progress; advance .
      "There is a design of publishing the history of architecture, with its several improvements and decays." -Joseph Addison .
      "Those vices which more particularly receive improvement by prosperity." -Robert South .
    5. ( plural ): 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 .

    Synonyms

    • improval


Explanation of improvement by Wordnet Dictionary

improvement


    Noun
    1. the act of improving something

    2. their improvements increased the value of the property
    3. a change for the better

    4. a condition superior to an earlier condition

    5. the new school represents a great improvement


    Definition of improvement by GCIDE Dictionary

    improvement


    1. Improvement 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. Tillotson.

      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 land or premises; as, “to convey the land together with all improvements”.

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