Definitions

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  • v. To make better; improve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make better.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make better.

Etymologies

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From em- +‎ better.

Examples

  • - “I want to thank the dozens of welfare-to-work stories, the actual examples of people who made the firm and solemn commitment to work hard to embetter themselves.”

    2009, the End of Bushisms : Law is Cool

  • I mean, part of the faith walk is to understand your weaknesses and is to constantly try to embetter yourself [and butter yourself] and get closer to the Lord [not of the Flies].

    READING BETWEEN THE LINES

  • Ours is a relationship that recognizes that, through economic prosperity, people can embetter themselves.

    CNN Transcript Sep 22, 2006

  • What happens is, dedicated citizens decide they're going to do something to embetter (sic) the community in which they live and, without government, say, "Let's go," or, "Let's roll," "Let's make it happen."

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2001

  • "I want to thank the dozens of welfare-to-work stories, the actual examples of people who made the firm and solemn commitment to work hard to embetter themselves."

    word of mouth

  • - "I want to thank the dozens of welfare-to-work stories, the actual examples of people who made the firm and solemn commitment to work hard to embetter themselves."

    RGJ.com - Latest News

  • President Bush, who realizes that not all Americans have had the opportunities to embetter themselves, fully supports the distribution of

    The Toque

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