[self-im-proov-muh nt, self-]
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
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Examples from the Web for self-improver
For when a thing has once been done as well as it wants to be, it is of no further interest to the self-improver.Familiar Studies of Men and Books|Robert Louis Stevenson
the improvement of one's status, position, education, etc, by one's own efforts
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