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[self-im-proov-muh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪmˈpruv mənt, ˌsɛlf-/
improvement of one's mind, character, etc., through one's own efforts.
Origin of self-improvement
First recorded in 1735-45
Related forms
self-improvable, adjective
self-improver, noun
self-improving, adjective Unabridged
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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
  • Fifteen minutes a day devoted to self-improvement, will be felt at the end of the year.

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

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Quin's desire for self-improvement soon became an obsession.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for self-improvement


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

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

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