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bettering

[ bet-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF bettering

Synonyms for bettering

  • advance
  • beat
  • correct
  • enhance
  • exceed
  • excel
  • raise
  • surpass
  • ameliorate
  • amend
  • best
  • cap
  • forward
  • further
  • help
  • meliorate
  • mend
  • outshine
  • outstrip
  • promote
  • rectify
  • refine
  • reform
  • revamp
  • top
  • transcend
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Antonyms for bettering

  • be inferior
  • decrease
  • fail
  • fall behind
  • lose
  • lower
  • reduce
  • retreat
  • stop
  • block
  • cease
  • check
  • corrupt
  • damage
  • halt
  • harm
  • hinder
  • hurt
  • impair
  • impede
  • injure
  • obstruct
  • ruin
  • worsen
  • deteriorate
  • get worse
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BETTERING

I'd never stand in the way of your bettering yourself, Timson.

Here is a suggestion for bettering the position of the National Museum.

This was the necessity for the bettering of the means of communication of the country.

He had lost even this pitiful chance of bettering his condition.

She ought to have the chance of bettering herself in a place like that.

Abuses can't be helped in any system, sir, though we are bettering them.

As to the girl's "bettering herself," let her take the chances, if she chooses, as you have.

Thus he would have the pleasure of bettering our acquaintance.

Our principal idea of bettering the condition is by training servants.

He must form no plans, engage in no enterprises, for bettering his condition.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bettra, earlier betera, from Proto-Germanic *batizo-, from PIE *bhad- "good;" see best. Comparative adjective of good in the older Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian betera, Old Saxon betiro, Old Norse betr, Danish bedre, Old High German bezziro, German besser, Gothic batiza). In English it superseded bet in the adverbial sense by 1600. Better half "wife" is first attested 1570s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BETTERING

amendatory

adjectivecorrective
  • bettering
  • emendatory
  • improving
  • rectifying
  • reformative
  • reformatory
  • reparative
  • restorative

improving

adjectivereconstructing
  • bettering
  • convalescent
  • correcting
  • developing
  • elaborating
  • fixing
  • remodeling
  • repairing
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