improvement

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

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  • Improvement — (engl., spr. prūw ), Verbesserung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • improvement — im|prove|ment W2 [ımˈpru:vmənt] n 1.) [U and C] the act of improving something or the state of being improved improvement in/on/to ▪ There s been a big improvement in the children s behaviour. ▪ an improvement on earlier models ▪ We need to carry …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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