Definitions for betterˈbɛt ər
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word better
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
of superior quality or excellence:
a better coat.
no better than thieves.
of superior suitability; preferable:
a better time for action.
the better part of a lifetime.
improved in health; healthier than before.
(adv.)in a more appropriate manner:
to behave better.
to a greater degree; more completely:
knows the way better than I.
lives better than a mile away.
(v.t.)to make better; improve:
to better the lot of the needy.
to improve upon:
bettered last year's production record.
(n.)something that is preferable:
the better of two choices.
Usu., betters. those superior to oneself.
Idioms for better:
better off, in better circumstances. more fortunate; happier.
get or have the better of, to get an advantage over. to prevail against.
go (someone) one better, to exceed another's efforts; surpass.
had better or best, ought to.
* Syn: See improve.
Origin of better:
bef. 900; ME bettre, OE bet(t)(e)ra
Ref: bettor .
something superior in quality or condition or effect
"a change for the better"
bettor, better, wagerer, punter(noun)
someone who bets
a superior person having claim to precedence
"the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"
the superior one of two alternatives
"chose the better of the two"
(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"
(comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
"her health is better now"; "I feel better"
(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"
more than half
"argued for the better part of an hour"
surpass in excellence
"She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate(verb)
to make better
"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate(adverb)
"The weather improved toward evening"
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"
from a position of superiority or authority
"father knows best"; "I know better."
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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.
more healthy than before
Hope you get better soon.; My throat's feeling better.
indicates what you think should happen
It's always better to ask a doctor.
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.
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!
indicates what sb should do
You'd better go home now.
to gain an advantage over sb
finally got the better of his opponent
indicates that a feeling is too strong to ignore
Curiosity got the better of me.
having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air
preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect
greater in amount; larger; more
improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better
more advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject
advantage, superiority, or victory; -- usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy
one who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; -- usually in the plural
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
more correctly or thoroughly
in a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another
more, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better
to improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of
to improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise
to surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel
to give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of
to become better; to improve
one who bets or lays a wager
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'better' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #469
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'better' in Written Corpus Frequency: #317
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.
- أَفْضَل، أحْسَنArabic
- melhorPortuguese (BR)
- mieux; meilleurFrench
- יוֹתֵר טוֹבHebrew
- lebih baikIndonesian
- 더 좋은Korean
- lebih baikMalay
- mai bunRomanian
- daha iyiTurkish
- 較好的Chinese (Trad.)
- ốt hơnVietnamese
- 较好的Chinese (Simp.)
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