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bettering


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Better  \Bet"ter\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bettered};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Bettering}.]  [AS.  beterian  betrian  fr  betera  better. 
  See  {Better},  a.] 
  1.  To  improve  or  ameliorate;  to  increase  the  good  qualities 
  of 
 
  Love  betters  what  is  best.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  He  thought  to  better  his  circumstances.  --Thackeray. 
 
  2.  To  improve  the  condition  of  morally,  physically, 
  financially,  socially,  or  otherwise. 
 
  The  constant  effort  of  every  man  to  better  himself. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  To  surpass  in  excellence;  to  exceed;  to  excel. 
 
  The  works  of  nature  do  always  aim  at  that  which  can 
  not  be  bettered.  --Hooker. 
 
  4.  To  give  advantage  to  to  support;  to  advance  the  interest 
  of  [Obs.] 
 
  Weapons  more  violent,  when  next  we  meet  May  serve 
  to  better  us  and  worse  our  foes.  --Milton. 
 
  Syn:  To  improve;  meliorate;  ameliorate;  mend;  amend;  correct; 
  emend;  reform;  advance;  promote. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bettering 
  adj  :  changing  for  the  better  [ant:  {worsening}] 




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