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IMPROVEMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does improvement mean? 

IMPROVEMENT (noun)
  The noun IMPROVEMENT has 3 senses:

1. the act of improving something
2. a change for the better; progress in development
3. a condition superior to an earlier condition

  Familiarity information: IMPROVEMENT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPROVEMENT (noun)


Sense 1improvement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of improving something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

their improvements increased the value of the property

Hypernyms ("improvement" is a kind of...):

change of state (the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "improvement"):

tenderisation; tenderization (the act of making meat tender by pounding or marinating it)

modernisation; modernization (making modern in appearance or behavior)

overhaul; redevelopment; renovation (the act of improving by renewing and restoring)

enhancement; sweetening (an improvement that makes something more agreeable)

upturn (an upward movement or trend as in business activity)

airing; ventilation (the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air)

fix; fixing; fixture; mend; mending; repair; reparation (the act of putting something in working order again)

stabilisation; stabilization (the act of making something (as a vessel or aircraft) less likely to overturn)

upgrade (the act of improving something (especially machinery) by raising it to a higher grade (as by adding or replacing components))

humanisation; humanization (the act of making more human)

enrichment (act of making fuller or more meaningful or rewarding)

clarification; clearing (the act of removing solid particles from a liquid)

development (act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining)

cleaning; cleansing; cleanup (the act of making something clean)

correction; rectification (the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake; setting right)

optimisation; optimization (the act of rendering optimal)

perfection (the act of making something perfect)

reform (a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses)

amelioration; betterment; melioration (the act of relieving ills and changing for the better)

self-improvement; self-reformation (the act of improving yourself)


Sense 2improvement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A change for the better; progress in development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

betterment; advance; improvement

Hypernyms ("improvement" is a kind of...):

shift; transformation; transmutation (a qualitative change)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "improvement"):

recovery (return to an original state)

conservation; preservation (an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change)

accommodation; adjustment; fitting (making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances)

elaboration; refinement (the result of improving something)

resurgence; revitalisation; revitalization; revival; revivification (bringing again into activity and prominence)


Sense 3improvement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A condition superior to an earlier condition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

melioration; improvement

Context example:

the new school represents a great improvement

Hypernyms ("improvement" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "improvement"):

betterment (an improvement that adds to the value of a property or facility)

development (a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess))

reformation (improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs)

refurbishment; renovation; restoration (the state of being restored to its former good condition)

Antonym:

decline (a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state)


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