What does better mean?

Definitions for betterˈbɛt ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word better.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. better(noun)

    something superior in quality or condition or effect

    "a change for the better"

  2. bettor, better, wagerer, punter(noun)

    someone who bets

  3. better(noun)

    a superior person having claim to precedence

    "the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"

  4. better(adj)

    the superior one of two alternatives

    "chose the better of the two"

  5. better(adj)

    (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another

    "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din"; "a better coat"; "a better type of car"; "a suit with a better fit"; "a better chance of success"; "produced a better mousetrap"; "she's better in math than in history"

  6. better(adj)

    (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness

    "her health is better now"; "I feel better"

  7. better(p), best(p)(adj)

    (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable

    "it would be better to speak to him"; "the White House thought it best not to respond"

  8. better(verb)

    more than half

    "argued for the better part of an hour"

  9. better, break(verb)

    surpass in excellence

    "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"

  10. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate(verb)

    to make better

    "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

  11. better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate(adverb)

    get better

    "The weather improved toward evening"

  12. better(adverb)

    comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.

    "She had never sung better"; "a deed better left undone"; "better suited to the job"

  13. better, best(adverb)

    from a position of superiority or authority

    "father knows best"; "I know better."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Better(adj)

    having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air

  2. Better(adj)

    preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect

  3. Better(adj)

    greater in amount; larger; more

  4. Better(adj)

    improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better

  5. Better(adj)

    more advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject

  6. Better(noun)

    advantage, superiority, or victory; -- usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy

  7. Better(noun)

    one who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; -- usually in the plural

  8. Better

    in a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success; as, Henry writes better than John; veterans fight better than recruits

  9. Better

    more correctly or thoroughly

  10. Better

    in a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another

  11. Better

    more, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better

  12. Better(adj)

    to improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of

  13. Better(adj)

    to improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise

  14. Better(adj)

    to surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel

  15. Better(adj)

    to give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of

  16. Better(verb)

    to become better; to improve

  17. Better(noun)

    one who bets or lays a wager

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  1. Better

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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Better

    bet′ėr, adj. (serves as comp. of Good) good in a greater degree: preferable: improved: more suitable: larger: kinder: stronger in health.—adv. (comp. of Well) well in a greater degree: more fully or completely: over or more than: with greater advantage: (pl.) superiors.—v.t. to make better (also reflexively, to better one's self), to improve: to benefit: also with intransitive sense, to grow better.—p.adjs. Bet′tered, improved, amended; Bet′tering, improving.—ns. Bet′tering, Bet′terment, Bet′terness.—adj. Bet′termost.—Better half, a jocose term for a wife, once applied seriously to either wife or husband, and even the soul as opposed to the body.—I had better = I should hold it better to—the original construction having been a dative pronoun.—To be better off, to be in superior circumstances; To be better than one's self, to do more than one had promised; To get the better of, to gain the advantage over. [A.S. bet (adv.), betera, better; Goth. batiza, Ger. besser. Prob. cog. with Boot.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'better' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #469

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'better' in Written Corpus Frequency: #317

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'better' in Adverbs Frequency: #81

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of better in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of better in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anonymous:

    Good, better, best never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best.

  2. Andrea Dworkin:

    Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer.

  3. Oprah Winfrey:

    I believe that everyone is the keeper of a dream - and by tuning into one another's secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers.

  4. Isabelle Huppert:

    I think women are already on a good path. It's good to anchor it, the movies to be better and better, to give better roles to women and to give better opportunities for women to direct movies and to write scripts.

  5. Prophet Mohammed, Bukhari:

    It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is, better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.

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