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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Their purpose is corporate engagement — not the betterment of any specific race. Audrey Farley, Longreads, "We Still Don’t Know How to Navigate the Cultural Legacy of Eugenics," 20 June 2019 The common focus for many of the companies seems to be empowering women, individuals of color, and the betterment of lives—both professionally and personally. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Has Secretly Been Investing in Diverse Companies for the Past 5 Years," 17 Apr. 2019 In several of Allam’s interviews for the book, female protesters would root their inspiration in nationalism or social betterment, not feminism. Kim Yi Dionne, Washington Post, "This book helps us understand women’s participation in the Egyptian uprising," 8 June 2018 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

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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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