|1.||[ noun ] the act of relieving ills and changing for the better|
|Related terms:||improvement better better|
|2.||[ noun ] a condition superior to an earlier condition|
: "the new school represents a great improvement"
|Related terms:||decline condition development reformation renovation betterment better|
|3.||[ noun ] (linguistics) the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning|
|Related terms:||drift better|