Improvement

Im*prove"ment

(?), n. 1. The act of improving; advancement or growth; promotion in desirable qualities; progress toward what is better; melioration; as, the improvement of the mind, of land, roads, etc.
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I look upon your city as the best place of improvement.
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Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties.
Blair.
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2. The act of making profitable use or applicaton of anything, or the state of being profitably employed; a turning to good account; practical application, as of a doctrine, principle, or theory, stated in a discourse. "A good improvement of his reason." S. Clarke.
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I shall make some improvement of this doctrine.
Tillotson.
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3. The state of being improved; betterment; advance; also, that which is improved; as, the new edition is an improvement on the old.
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The parts of Sinon, Camilla, and some few others, are improvements on the Greek poet.
Addison.
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4. Increase; growth; progress; advance.
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There is a design of publishing the history of architecture, with its several improvements and decays.
Addison.
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Those vices which more particularly receive improvement by prosperity.
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5. pl. Valuable additions or betterments, as buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on land or premises; as, to convey the land together with all improvements.
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6. (Patent Laws) A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition. Kent.
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