Definition of improvement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpruːvmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpruːvmənt//
    jump to other results
  1. 1  [uncountable] the act of making something better; the process of something becoming better Sales figures continue to show signs of improvement. We expect to see further improvement over the coming year. improvement in/on/to something There is still room for improvement in your work.
  2. 2  [countable] a change in something that makes it better; something that is better than it was before a significant/substantial/dramatic improvement a slight/steady improvement improvement in/on/to something an improvement in Anglo-German relations This is a great improvement on your previous work. improvements to the bus service
  3. Word Originlate Middle English emprowement (in the sense ‘profitable management or use; profit’), from Anglo-Norman French, from emprower (based on Old French prou ‘profit’, ultimately from Latin prodest ‘is of advantage’).Extra examples He made a steady improvement and was released within 10 days of admission. If suggested improvements are not carried out, we have the right to suspend the insurance cover. No improvement was found after the tenth day of treatment. Several improvements were made to the design during its production run. The club will spend £300 000 on ground improvements. The country’s economic record since 1945 represents an improvement on the period between the world wars. The drug produced an improvement in all but one case. The economy has experienced steady improvement. The economy is showing signs of improvement. The improvement work to houses will create jobs. The latest figures are a slight improvement over last year’s results. The new assessment system could pinpoint areas for improvement within the company. The new factory brought a huge improvement in working conditions. The players have shown a marked improvement in recent weeks. The proposed road improvement scheme involves bypassing several villages. The suggested improvements were not carried out. Their average grades have risen, but there is still room for improvement. Their policies have resulted in a definite underlying improvement in the economy. These results are a distinct improvement on last year’s. We expect to see a significant improvement in the near future. We have an ambitious improvement plan for the property. Wholesalers reported an improvement in sales for the third quarter. Will the team be able to maintain its improvement of last season? With this exercise plan you will notice an enormous improvement in your stamina. steps taken to secure improvement in pupils’ attendance
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: improvement

Other results

All matches