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a. The act or process of improving something or the state of being improved.
b. An improvement.
2. The linguistic process by which a word over a period of time grows more elevated in meaning or more positive in connotation.
the act or an instance of improving or the state of being improved
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|Noun||1.||melioration - the act of relieving ills and changing for the better|
improvement - the act of improving something; "their improvements increased the value of the property"
|2.||melioration - a condition superior to an earlier condition; "the new school represents a great improvement"|
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
betterment - an improvement that adds to the value of a property or facility
development - a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess); "after he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter"; "in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen"
reformation - improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs
|3.||melioration - the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning|
drift - a process of linguistic change over a period of time