[ bet-er-muh nt ]
/ ˈbɛt ər mənt /


the act or process of bettering; improvement.
an improvement of property other than by mere repairs.

Origin of betterment

First recorded in 1590–1600; better1 + -ment
Related formsself-bet·ter·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-betterment

  • Then, too, Cissie was moved by a passion for self-betterment.

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British Dictionary definitions for self-betterment


/ (ˈbɛtəmənt) /


a change for the better; improvement
property law an improvement effected on real property that enhances the value of the property
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Word Origin and History for self-betterment



1590s, from better (v.) + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper