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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.


Synonymsmelioration


Broader (hypernym)condition, status


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


Antonymsdeclination, decline









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