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. betternoun

    something superior in quality or condition or effect

    "a change for the better"

  2. bettor, better, wagerer, punternoun

    someone who bets

  3. betternoun

    a superior person having claim to precedence

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

  4. betteradjective

    the superior one of two alternatives

    "chose the better of the two"

  5. betteradjective

    (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. betteradjective

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

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

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

    (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. betterverb

    more than half

    "argued for the better part of an hour"

  9. better, breakverb

    surpass in excellence

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

  10. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateverb

    to make better

    "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

  11. better, improve, ameliorate, meliorateadverb

    get better

    "The weather improved toward evening"

  12. betteradverb

    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, bestadverb

    from a position of superiority or authority

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Betteradjective

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

  2. Betteradjective

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

  3. Betteradjective

    greater in amount; larger; more

  4. Betteradjective

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

  5. Betteradjective

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

  6. Betternoun

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

  7. Betternoun

    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. Betteradjective

    to improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of

  13. Betteradjective

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

  14. Betteradjective

    to surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel

  15. Betteradjective

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

  16. Betterverb

    to become better; to improve

  17. Betternoun

    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.]

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  

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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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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. Carrie Fisher:

    I love these movies, and actually they've become better for me now because I have a daughter, and she loves them.

  2. Richard Khunou:

    We need government to come and put hands into this gym and see how we're doing good things for the community, politicians tell you they will give you a better life but once they get to a higher position ... they put money in their pockets and forget about us.

  3. Dustin Johnson:

    I feel like it’s really close, i just haven’t put it all together, especially for a week. But I feel like I’m driving it good again. Just the only thing, just a little off with the irons at Hilton Head. But it feels like it’s getting better and it’s trending in the right direction.

  4. Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan:

    No, we will not sell Sandoz, we will make Sandoz autonomous within Novartis, so it's more competitive. Our plan is to focus Sandoz and make it better in the long-term.

  5. David Cockfield:

    I believe it will get worse before it gets better. I think they're going to have to continue to make provisions in the next quarter. Even oil prices moving back into the $50 level isn't going to float all the guys that have difficulties right now.

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