Definition of improvement in English:



  • 1An example of improving or being improved:

    ‘an improvement in East–West relations’
    • ‘The position those members have taken is that this bill is an improvement and a step forward.’
    • ‘This improvement should be a boost to using public transport and help reduce traffic congestion.’
    • ‘Some of the money raised has been invested in the improvement of our website.’
    • ‘It is hoped that the results will help them find out how to make improvements and developments.’
    • ‘This development led to an improvement of the balance of goods and services and thus a reduction in the debt.’
    • ‘I think the amendment is a step forward and an improvement in the bill as it came to the House.’
    • ‘Eden District Council said the development would also bring improvements to the road.’
    • ‘Not only will the trust be able to restore the garden, but it will also be able to make improvements to paths and seating.’
    • ‘Yet these improvements are vital if the economy and tourism are to develop.’
    • ‘She is anxious to receive any other suggestions which can lead to further improvements.’
    • ‘Managed care organisations that consistently monitor and report on quality have shown significant improvements in quality.’
    • ‘I know that there are many other improvements that members will be able to put forward.’
    • ‘As I write this we are working night and day to redesign the site to reflect the improvements in technology.’
    • ‘The site not used would then be sold off to finance extensions and improvements at the remaining two schools.’
    • ‘We not only need to raise the money to fund the improvements, we need to carry them out.’
    • ‘He added that he is looking forward to an improvement in facilities and services at the hospital.’
    • ‘Latin American markets have also been boosted by improvements in their domestic economies.’
    • ‘The huge improvements have been matched with a large amount of physical development to the building.’
    • ‘The new bikes incorporate all of the improvements that that were developed over the last few years.’
    • ‘He said any improvements had been done by the Chamber of Trade and other non-political groups.’
    advance, development, upgrade, change for the better, refinement, enhancement, furtherance, advancement, forwarding
    boost, augmentation, raising
    correction, rectification, rectifying, upgrading, amelioration
    rally, recovery, upswing, breakthrough
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The action of improving or being improved:
      ‘there's still room for improvement’
      • ‘There is so much room for improvement with our sport, education, healthcare and emergency services.’
      • ‘She admits that there is always room for improvement in areas such as her technique and endurance.’
      • ‘He acknowledges there is room for improvement in single premium pensions and endowments.’
      • ‘While the results of the survey are encouraging, we know there is room for improvement.’
      • ‘The aim is to highlight where the trusts already perform well and to identify where there is room for improvement.’
      • ‘But from what you've all been saying there's clearly a lot of room for improvement across the board.’
      • ‘This is a great time for the right coach to take the Scotland job because there is so much room for improvement.’
      • ‘State education isn't perfect, and there will always be room for improvement.’
      • ‘Well, there is still room for improvement and we are going to see some of that during the upcoming year.’
      • ‘He's always comfortable in possession and his range of passing is good but it does have room for improvement.’
      • ‘There is still plenty of room for improvement in some key areas of the pitch.’
      • ‘Attracting new businesses into the city was the other area that showed room for improvement.’
      • ‘There is definite room for improvement, but I feel a little more confident for the exam now.’
      • ‘Police watchdogs in Lancashire have reported a good year across the county, but with room for improvement.’
      • ‘It's clear that there is significant room for improvement here without spending vast amounts of public money.’
      • ‘Other councillors voiced their support for the gala but agreed there was room for improvement.’
      • ‘Although he is pleased with the success of the programme, he believes there is still room for improvement.’
      • ‘The general conclusion was that while the performance was good, there was serious room for improvement.’
      • ‘Bosses say they are pleased by the report but stressed there is room for improvement.’
      • ‘There has been a favourable response but there is room for improvement all the time.’
    2. 1.2 A thing that makes something better or is better than something else:
      ‘home improvements’
      ‘it's an improvement on the last cake I made’
      • ‘The latest version is a considerable improvement on the last one, however.’
      • ‘Overall 29 per cent of crimes in Wiltshire were detected, an improvement on last year.’
      • ‘There was an improvement on Thursday and thank God he has been doing very well since then.’
      • ‘But that is an improvement on last year's figures when the city was ranked sixth worst.’
      • ‘His best finish is a tie for 38th but if the short game is as good as it can be and he keeps hold of the long, then he may post a big improvement on the past.’
      • ‘The current detection rate of nine per cent is also an improvement on last year's performance.’
      • ‘This I think is very true and an improvement on what I was originally saying.’
      • ‘In almost every sense, this is a massive improvement on the first game.’
      • ‘This is an improvement on three years ago when 35 per cent were considered to be in the red.’
      • ‘This was a vast improvement on their awful form in the Connacht Final against Mayo in Castlebar.’
      • ‘This performance by the United's second string was a major improvement on last season.’
      • ‘In general farmers agree the weather is an improvement on last summer when rain was non-stop.’
      • ‘This was one of their better days and it was a vast improvement on their last outing against Galway.’
      • ‘This was an improvement on previous years but the way poverty is measured by the agency has changed.’
      • ‘At first glance it appeared that our hotel was going to be an considerable improvement on the last one.’
      • ‘This will be an improvement on drug treatments which influence the whole body and are not effective for all patients.’
      • ‘It is recognised as a major improvement on previous methods of estimating breeding values.’
      • ‘However, that is a vast improvement on our last performance, which doesn't bear detailing.’
      • ‘While an improvement on the previous plan, it still falls far short of acceptable.’
      • ‘The new system of cabinet government we have in York is not, in my view, an improvement on the committee system.’


Late Middle English emprowement (in the sense ‘profitable management or use; profit’), from Anglo-Norman French, from emprower (see improve).