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English noun: improvement

1. improvement (event) a change for the better; progress in development

Synonymsadvance, betterment

Broader (hypernym)shift, transformation, transmutation

Narrower (hyponym)accommodation, adjustment, conservation, elaboration, fitting, preservation, recovery, refinement, resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revival, revivification

2. improvement (act) the act of improving something

SamplesTheir improvements increased the value of the property.

Broader (hypernym)change of state

Narrower (hyponym)airing, amelioration, betterment, clarification, cleaning, cleansing, cleanup, clearing, correction, development, enhancement, enrichment, fix, fixing, fixture, humanisation, humanization, melioration, mend, mending, modernisation, modernization, optimisation, optimization, overhaul, perfection, rectification, redevelopment, reform, renovation, repair, reparation, self-improvement, self-reformation, stabilisation, stabilization, sweetening, tenderisation, tenderization, upgrade, upturn, ventilation

3. improvement (state) a condition superior to an earlier condition

SamplesThe new school represents a great improvement.


Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)betterment, development, reformation, refurbishment, renovation, restoration

Antonymsdeclination, decline

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