The 'excel' group
These verbs are concerned with being successful, becoming successful, or showing yourself to be successful.
better distinguish excel prove pull up
After a few years, I became a production secretary in radio: I wanted to better myself and found it a wonderful apprenticeship.
Miss Jay excelled herself in getting together a galaxy of performers of high individual ability and a programme of exceptional interest.
You are going to have to fight for your honour and good name. Others will demand that you prove yourself, you cannot demand their respect without it.
Although country ministers generally suffered from declining status and income, expansion helped some pull themselves up.