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
Recent Examples on the Web The developers want to derive a state-of-the-art autonomous system, perhaps for the betterment of humankind. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 25 July 2022 According to the release, Old Home Day in East Hampton dates back to the Village Improvement Society, begun in 1912 when local church societies worked together for the betterment of the community. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 18 July 2022 VF Venture Foundry aims to help launch new businesses for the betterment of people and the planet. Outside Online, 1 Apr. 2022 Those who protest in the streets, who speak for human rights, go against the grain for the betterment of our country are the true patriots. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 4 July 2022 Those involved recognize that our efforts are for the betterment of humanity and humankind and want to be a part of that mission by contributing and bringing value to it. Rod Berger, Forbes, 27 June 2022 If the company truly believed Erkan was underperforming, the standard procedure, Erkan insists in her suit, would have been to offer her counseling, coaching and betterment tools. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2022 His involvement blossomed into full-time dedication to local governance and betterment. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 The growth and betterment of others is my ministry. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of betterment

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for betterment

better entry 2 + -ment

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“Betterment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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