• IPA: /ɪmˈpɹuːvmənt/


  1. The act of improving; advancement or growth; a bettering
    • I look upon your city as the best place of improvement.
    • Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties.
  2. The act of making profitable use or application of anything, or the state of being profitably employed; practical application, for example of a doctrine, principle, or theory, stated in a discourse.
    • A good improvement of his reason.
    • 1681, John Tillotson, A sermon preached at the funeral of the Reverend Mr Thomas Gouge
      I shall make some improvement of this doctrine.
  3. The state of being improved; betterment; advance
  4. Something which is improved
    the new edition is an improvement on the old.
    • The parts of Sinon, Camilla, and some few others, are improvements on the Greek poet.
  5. Increase; growth; progress; advance.
    • Those vices which more particularly receive improvement by prosperity.
  6. (in plural) Valuable additions or betterments, for example buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on premises.
  7. (Patent Laws): A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition.
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