9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[self-im-proov-muh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪmˈpruv mənt, ˌsɛlf-/
improvement of one's mind, character, etc., through one's own efforts.
Origin of self-improvement
Related forms
self-improvable, adjective
self-improver, noun
self-improving, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for self-improvement
  • They are not happy unless they mark by some definite performance each step in the weary path of self-improvement.
  • The line between self-improvement and neurosis can blur.
  • They also engage in a voluntary form of self-improvement through regional accreditation that has few equals in any sector.
  • Such aspirations are thought to foster the kind of behavior that leads to self-improvement.
  • In general, knowing how positively you see people and situations could be used for self-improvement.
  • They focus less on impressing strangers and more on family- and self-improvement.
  • It is a means for self-improvement, résumé-building, and enrichment.
  • Instead, virtue and character are achieved gradually and must be maintained through a relentless struggle for self-improvement.
  • Summer reading lists are meant both for self-improvement and to impress an audience.
  • The extensive emphasis on fitness equipment, memory systems and financial products can be read in terms of self-improvement.
British Dictionary definitions for self-improvement


the improvement of one's status, position, education, etc, by one's own efforts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for self-improvement

also self improvement, 1748, from self- + improvement.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for self-improvement

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for self

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with self-improvement