Definitions for betterˈbɛt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bet•ter*ˈbɛt ər(adj.)

  1. of superior quality or excellence:

    a better coat.

  2. morally superior:

    no better than thieves.

  3. of superior suitability; preferable:

    a better time for action.

  4. larger; greater:

    the better part of a lifetime.

  5. improved in health; healthier than before.

  6. (adv.)in a more appropriate manner:

    to behave better.

  7. to a greater degree; more completely:

    knows the way better than I.

  8. more:

    lives better than a mile away.

  9. (v.t.)to make better; improve:

    to better the lot of the needy.

  10. to improve upon:

    bettered last year's production record.

  11. (n.)something that is preferable:

    the better of two choices.

  12. Usu., betters. those superior to oneself.

Idioms for better:

  1. better off, in better circumstances. more fortunate; happier.

    Category: Idiom

  2. get or have the better of, to get an advantage over. to prevail against.

    Category: Idiom

  3. go (someone) one better, to exceed another's efforts; surpass.

    Category: Idiom

  4. had better or best, ought to.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See improve.

Origin of better:

bef. 900; ME bettre, OE bet(t)(e)ra

bet•terˈbɛt ər(n.)

  1. Ref: bettor .

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."

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. better(adjective)ˈbɛt ər

    of higher quality, or more useful, exciting, etc. than others

    a better driver than my brother; This wine tastes much better.; The weather is getting better.; The firewall is better than nothing, but not safe enough.

  2. betterˈbɛt ər

    more healthy than before

    Hope you get better soon.; My throat's feeling better.

  3. betterˈbɛt ər

    indicates what you think should happen

    It's always better to ask a doctor.

  4. better(adverb)ˈbɛt ər

    in a way that is of a higher standard, quality, etc.

    She sings better than I do.; I did better on the test than anyone.

  5. betterˈbɛt ər

    indicates you think it is better for sth to happen late than not to happen

    I haven't called in a while, but better late than never.; Bring all your friends - the more people the better!

  6. betterˈbɛt ər

    indicates what sb should do

    You'd better go home now.

  7. better(noun)ˈbɛt ər

    to gain an advantage over sb

    finally got the better of his opponent

  8. betterˈbɛt ər

    indicates that a feeling is too strong to ignore

    Curiosity got the better of me.

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


  1. Better

    "Better" is the debut single by Brooke Fraser from her multi-platinum and award-winning album What to Do with Daylight.

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

Translations for better

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


good to a greater extent

His new car is better than his old one.

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