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Wordnet 3.0


1. changing for the better;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Love betters what is best. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] He thought to better his circumstances. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 2. To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise. [1913 Webster] The constant effort of every man to better himself. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel. [1913 Webster] The works of nature do always aim at that which can not be bettered. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 4. To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Weapons more violent, when next we meet, May serve to better us and worse our foes. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: To improve; meliorate; ameliorate; mend; amend; correct; emend; reform; advance; promote. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

bettering \bettering\ adj. changing for the better; -- antonym of worsening. [Narrower terms: ameliorating(prenominal), ameliorative, amelioratory, meliorative] [WordNet 1.5]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bettering adj 1: changing for the better [ant: worsening]