Definition of improvement in English:


Line breaks: im¦prove|ment
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpruːvm(ə)nt


  • 1An example of improving or being improved: an improvement in East-West relations
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    • Latin American markets have also been boosted by improvements in their domestic economies.
    • Eden District Council said the development would also bring improvements to the road.
    • It is hoped that the results will help them find out how to make improvements and developments.
    advance, development, upgrade, change for the better, refinement, enhancement, furtherance, advancement, forwarding; boost, augmentation, raising; correction, rectification, rectifying, upgrading, amelioration; rally, recovery, upswing, breakthrough
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The action of improving or being improved: there’s still room for improvement
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    • It's clear that there is significant room for improvement here without spending vast amounts of public money.
    • But from what you've all been saying there's clearly a lot of room for improvement across the board.
    • Police watchdogs in Lancashire have reported a good year across the county, but with room for improvement.
  • 1.2A thing that makes something better or is better than something else: home improvements it’s an improvement on the last cake I made
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    • Overall 29 per cent of crimes in Wiltshire were detected, an improvement on last year.
    • This was a vast improvement on their awful form in the Connacht Final against Mayo in Castlebar.
    • In general farmers agree the weather is an improvement on last summer when rain was non-stop.


late Middle English emprowement (in the sense 'profitable management or use; profit'), from Anglo-Norman French, from emprower (see improve).

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