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- emprovement (obsolete)
- The act of improving; advancement or growth; a bettering
- Robert South
- I look upon your city as the best place of improvement.
- Hugh Blair
- Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
- Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. […] Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
- Robert South
- The act of making profitable use or application of anything, or the state of being profitably employed; practical application, for example of a doctrine, principle, or theory, stated in a discourse.
- The state of being improved; betterment; advance
- Something which is improved
the new edition is an improvement on the old.
- Joseph Addison
- The parts of Sinon, Camilla, and some few others, are improvements on the Greek poet.
- Increase; growth; progress; advance.
- (in the plural) Valuable additions or betterments, for example buildings, clearings, drains, fences, etc., on premises.
- (Patent Laws): A useful addition to, or modification of, a machine, manufacture, or composition.
act of improving