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self-improvement

[self-im-proov-muh nt, self-]
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noun
  1. improvement of one's mind, character, etc., through one's own efforts.
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Origin of self-improvement

First recorded in 1735–45
Related formsself-im·prov·a·ble, adjectiveself-im·prov·er, nounself-im·prov·ing, adjective
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  • But self-improvement is a dull game when there is no one to applaud your score.

  • The rest of his life was occupied in study, in self-improvement, in piety, and in good deeds.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • It was from the Gurneys he “caught the infection” of self-improvement.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Fifteen minutes a day devoted to self-improvement, will be felt at the end of the year.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Quin's desire for self-improvement soon became an obsession.

    Quin

    Alice Hegan Rice


British Dictionary definitions for self-improvement

self-improvement

noun
  1. the improvement of one's status, position, education, etc, by one's own efforts
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Word Origin and History for self-improvement

n.

also self improvement, 1748, from self- + improvement.

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