embetter

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From em- +‎ better.

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embetter (third-person singular simple present embetters, present participle embettering, simple past and past participle embettered)

  1. (transitive) To make better; improve.
    • 1605, Samuel Daniel, Certaine small poems lately printed with the tragedie of Philotas
      For cruelty doth not embetter men,
      But them more wary make than they have been.
    • 2004, George W. Bush:
      But they're allowed to use the money to change hearts and souls, to help save lives, to embetter the world we live in.
    • 2015, Paulos Z. Huang, Yearbook of Chinese Theology 2015, page 11:
      In order to embetter participation in global cultural dialogue, China has promoted dialogue at home, and has greatly adjusted the relationship between religion and Chinese society.

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