[self-im-proov-muh nt, self-]
- improvement of one's mind, character, etc., through one's own efforts.
Origin of self-improvement
First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for self-improvement
Another said just the act of spending money on self-improvement made him determined to break out of his shell.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
Education is a series of hoops to jump through, not a process of self-improvement or self-discovery.China’s Schools Teaches Kids to Take Tests, Obey the State, and Not Much More
November 30, 2013
When first genomics started, we figured the result would be self-improvement—literally.New Finding That Testing Could Identify Defects in Fetuses Is a Genetics Baby Step
June 8, 2012
“On the Limits of Self-Improvement”Vanity Fair, October 2007 There's an entire micro-economy based on the pursuit of betterment.The Best Christopher Hitchens Longreads
December 17, 2011
Forget Oprah—we should all be watching Pixar movies in our quests for self-improvement.Toy Story 3: A Brilliant Plan Pays Off
June 20, 2010
But self-improvement is a dull game when there is no one to applaud your score.The Incomplete Amorist
The rest of his life was occupied in study, in self-improvement, in piety, and in good deeds.
Fifteen minutes a day devoted to self-improvement, will be felt at the end of the year.
It was from the Gurneys he “caught the infection” of self-improvement.
Quin's desire for self-improvement soon became an obsession.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- 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
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