What does Better mean?

Definitions for Better
ˈbɛt ərBet·ter

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

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

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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. better

    To make positive improvement.

    The team did choose to change their training ground for the better.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 29, 2020  

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

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How to say Better in sign language?

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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

Examples of Better in a Sentence

  1. Molière:

    Of all follies there is none greater than wanting to make the world a better place.

  2. Andrew Yang:

    It was wonderful, because in my mind it's always better to be participating in an activity than observing it.

  3. Gerri Willis:

    I did it, and I was fine, it takes other people to talk to and engage with – that’s what this event is about. Last year [Susan G. Komen] raised around $2.5 million, and hopefully it’s even better this year – but [connecting with others] is what it’s all about.

  4. John Brennan:

    I think we've gone to school on some of those developments over the last decade or so, so that we can now have a better plan and an opportunity to verify some of the things that they are saying that they're going to do and not do.

  5. Jesse Hurwitz:

    With labor market turnover stable and demand rising, further gains in employment should drive a modest improvement in wage growth and better rates of household income growth.

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