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 But unilateral actions for the betterment of one community that impose costs on neighbors and allies fly in the face of such rhetoric. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, "US-Canada Pipeline Controversy Brings Climate Politics Home," 6 May 2021 Pfizer has publicly promised to run its company not solely for the enrichment of shareholders, but for the betterment of society. New York Times, "Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine," 4 May 2021 Harness your fire energy for the betterment of your life. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Tarotscopes: Monthly Tarot Horoscopes for Every Zodiac Sign," 1 May 2021 From that time on, children have been taught the importance of trees, propagating and planting for the betterment of the country. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Honoring the tree and its timber: Yenke Peddler antiques," 29 Apr. 2021 The bedrock principle of billionaire philanthropy is the notion that the rich have a special skill for deciding how to deploy their wealth for the betterment of all. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Elon Musk is giving $150 million to charity. What a cheapskate," 26 Apr. 2021 The idea, the effort's leaders say, is to focus on mindful speech for the betterment of humankind, and to respect each other's differences. Julie Kendrick, Star Tribune, "Hold the snark: The Clean Speech movement has arrived in Minnesota for the entire month of April," 2 Apr. 2021 Warren is flying the flag of not only underrepresented Black communities but all diverse groups for the betterment of society. Marlene Stewart, Scientific American, "Why Building a Diverse Company Is Good for Business," 1 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, earlier this month a federal appeals court ruled against the student on the ground that schools had the leeway to limit student speech for the betterment of the school community. David S. Cohen, Rolling Stone, "Pro-Trans Rights Student Shares Her Story of Being Censored in School," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of betterment

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2021

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“Betterment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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