Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a meliorating or being meliorated; improvement
- Linguis. the process by which the meaning or connotation of a word becomes more positive
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. The act or process of improving something or the state of being improved.b. An improvement.
- The linguistic process by which a word over a period of time grows more elevated in meaning or more positive in connotation.