bet·​ter·​ment | \ ˈbe-tər-mənt How to pronounce betterment (audio) \

Definition of betterment

1 : a making or becoming better
2 : an improvement that adds to the value of a property or facility

Examples of betterment in a Sentence

working for the betterment of the lives of working people

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By curbing donations, the DOC uses supposed drug smuggling as a pretext for denying prisoners the pursuit of knowledge, happiness, and personal betterment. Constance Grady, Vox, "The time has come to choose the Oddest Book Title of the Year," 3 Nov. 2018 To pass constitutional muster, though, municipal betterments must meet accountability standards., "Should Massachusetts allow cities and towns to create Community Benefit Districts?," 13 July 2018 Though Keynes was famously not concerned about the long run, prosperity in the long run is achieved by commercially tested betterment, not by shovel-ready projects of bridges to nowhere. Deirdre N. Mccloskey, WSJ, "‘Money and Government’ Review: Please Don’t Call It Socialism," 5 Dec. 2018 The betterment of our people will resonate with us all, but that also means that the brutality against our people connects us. Briana Lawrence, The Root, "Can't We All Just Get Along? Black Panther Is Revisionist History," 19 Feb. 2018 But Trump is well on his way to changing the very meaning of the anthem and the flag, and likely not for the betterment of America’s more jingoistic factions. Drew Magary, GQ, "Why the Anthem Works For Trump," 6 June 2018 Newcombe this summer replaced Spencer Stowers, who is moving to Minnesota for the betterment of his immediate family. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Queen Creek Casteel High sports teams mourn death of former principal Sandy Lundberg," 26 June 2018 Hopefully, most people will say that shadow was for the betterment of Quinnipiac University. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018 That was unacceptable to everyone involved, especially to those who believed, rightly, that these chimpanzees, who had endured years in labs for the betterment of humankind, were owed a tremendous debt. Rick Kogan,, "Lincoln Park Zoo partners with Chimp Haven — a place where chimps can get out of their lab cages and live free," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of betterment

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of betterment

: the act or result of making something better


bet·​ter·​ment | \ ˈbe-tər-mənt How to pronounce betterment (audio) \

Kids Definition of betterment

: the act or result of making something more satisfactory : improvement Workers sought the betterment of working conditions.

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