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Definitions of improvement

  1. increase in price or value; " the news caused a general advance on the stock market"
  2. a condition superior to an earlier condition; " the new school represents a great improvement"
  3. the act of improving something; " their improvements increased the value of the property"
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Increase; growth; progress; advance.
  7. Valuable additions or betterments, as buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on premises.
  8. A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition.
  9. Advancement of anything from one condition to a better; that by which the value of anything, especially property, is increased.
  10. The act of improving: advancement or progress: increase, addition, or alteration: the turning to good account: instruction.
  11. Act of improving; progress to a better condition; increase; turning to good account.
  12. The act of improving; something that improves, as a change in a machine.
  13. The practical application, as of a sermon.
  14. The act of improving; advancement in worth, learning, wisdom, skill, or other excellence; employment or application to good purpose or profit; advancement; enhancement.
  15. Advancement nearer to perfection; progress; a making or growing better; practical application, as of a sermon.

Usage examples for improvement

  1. You will very likely say with neither, and that your chief aim in carrying on the argument is your own improvement; at the same time you do not grudge to others any benefit which they may receive. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  2. That's an improvement on your last remark, Dick. – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason
  3. " Just sign it 'The Village Improvement Society, ' that's all," said Gladys. – Marjorie's Busy Days by Carolyn Wells
  4. This was quite an improvement on Bristol's coloured pins. – Coming of Age: 1939-1946 by John Cox
  5. This proved one great cause of the subsequent settlement and improvement of the southern nations. – The History of England, Volume I by David Hume
  6. In every case suggested above, there is something better than physical improvement. – On the Firing Line in Education by Adoniram Judson Ladd
  7. For the most part, Andrew was kept occupied, investigating Dick's affairs and making new arrangements for the improvement of the estate. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  8. This may be stated in the following words: improvement in a few cases, failure in all the others. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  9. That's a big improvement. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on an Auto Tour by Laura Lee Hope
  10. I asked her to return on Friday and if I saw any improvement I'd teach her if she would obey orders. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  11. Certainly riding is a great improvement on walking, and I prayed that the horses would long be spared to us. – Spinifex and Sand Five Years' Pioneering and Exploration in Western Australia by David W Carnegie
  12. Professor Black says, " This capital improvement flashed upon his mind at once and filled him with rapture." – James Watt by Andrew Carnegie
  13. I do not think so much about the improvement of the property by your taste as of the care you will take of the condition of the people upon it. – Mr. Hogarth's Will by Catherine Helen Spence
  14. With a view to farther improvement, your letters to me are a most useful exercise. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  15. A few plain knitted stitches for a border are a great improvement. – The Ladies' Knitting and Netting Book by Miss Watts
  16. A united and generous effort, however, soon rendered this necessary improvement a fixed fact. – Thirty Years in the Itinerancy by Wesson Gage Miller
  17. Is it possible that the improvement had been so small that there could be a question raised whether there had been any at all? – Equality by Edward Bellamy
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