Definition of improvement in English:

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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).

  • The early spelling was emprowement used to mean ‘profitable management, profit’. It derives from Anglo-Norman French, based on Old French prou ‘profit’, ultimately from Latin prodest ‘is of advantage’.

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