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 for Bettering
From 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
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              Love betters what is best.            --Wordsworth.
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              He thought to better his circumstances. --Thackeray.
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     2. To improve the condition of, morally, physically,
        financially, socially, or otherwise.
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              The constant effort of every man to better himself.
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     3. To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
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              The works of nature do always aim at that which can
              not be bettered.                      --Hooker.
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     4. To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest
        of. [Obs.]
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              Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
              May serve to better us and worse our foes. --Milton.
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     Syn: To improve; meliorate; ameliorate; mend; amend; correct;
          emend; reform; advance; promote.
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From 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,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

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