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[im-proov-muh nt] /ɪmˈpruv mənt/

an act of or the state of being .
a change or addition by which a thing is .
a person or thing that represents an advance on another in excellence or achievement:
The new landlord is a great improvement over his greedy predecessor.
a bringing into a more valuable or desirable condition, as of land or real property; betterment.
something done or added to real property that increases its value.
profitable use, as of a period of time.
the act of improving or the state of being improved
something that improves, esp an addition or alteration
alteration of the structure, fixtures, fittings, or decor of a building without changing its function Compare conversion (sense 9)
(usually pl) (Austral & NZ) a building or other works on a piece of land, adding to its value

mid-15c., enprowment “management of something for profit,” from Anglo-French emprowement, from emprouwer “turn to profit” (see improve). Meaning “betterment; amelioration” is from 1640s. Meaning “buildings, etc. on a piece of property” is from 1773. Related: Improvements.


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