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 This was worth risking my safety because someone has to risk their life for the betterment of society. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "'Revolution is not optional': Louisville protesters share their message in their own words," 12 June 2020 He was honored by the state with the Circle of Corydon award, which is given to exemplary citizens who have made remarkable contributions for the betterment of Indiana. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Ken Rhoden's impact on Martinsville was generational — and about more than wins, losses," 4 June 2020 The officials’ only focus is food security and the betterment of the region, says Rajesh Malik, plant protection adviser with the Indian Ministry for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. Popular Science, "An unprecedented locust swarm is creating unlikely allies," 7 June 2020 After all, our great country was born out of the desire to be free and the desire for freedom has repeatedly led to making positive change for the betterment of society. Mike Cason |, al, "Gov. Kay Ivey authorizes up to 1,000 National Guard troops to respond to violence," 1 June 2020 But there’s a creeping pointlessness to it, and a creeping smallness: the privately pulsing heart, the tiny agenda of betterment. James Parker, The Atlantic, "An Ode to Running in the Movies," 9 May 2020 All for the betterment of the student-athlete, and hopefully, spectator experience., "FRANKLIN — The two-year process formulating a much-discussed, much-debated all-sport statewide tournament in the state of Massachusetts is nearing the finish line.," 7 Nov. 2019 Our terabytes are finally put to use for the betterment of mankind. David Rutland, Ars Technica, "Digital hoarders: “Our terabytes are put to use for the betterment of mankind”," 12 Apr. 2020 Each chapter ends with practical prompts readers can incorporate into their daily routines and employ as tools for mental and physical betterment. Sunset Magazine, "10 Books to Read Right Now," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of betterment

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of betterment was in 1594

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26 Jun 2020

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“Betterment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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