something superior in quality or condition or effect
"a change for the better"
bettor, better, wagerer, punternoun
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, meliorateverb
to make better
"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
better, improve, ameliorate, meliorateadverb
"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."
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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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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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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
The numerical value of better in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of better in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
I had some good finishes, and I got to play in the final group on Colonial. I haven't been in that situation for a while. I kind of didn't sleep that well Saturday night, but at Travelers I felt a lot better. Then I played great that week all week. I think I'm on the right track to do something great I think.
Oil continues to directionally trade with equities and oil prices are higher, and more important, economic data recently has been better than feared, meanwhile, the backdrop for equities is oversold. ... This has certainly compelled some folks who are under-invested to get back into the stock market.
Although this was a very tough year for the laboratory, I am optimistic that next year will be better. I am determined to do all that I can to make it so.
Maybe I just see it that way, but it seems to me that the U.S. is always the one which invents new products and Japan is the one which takes those products and improves on them to make a better version of it. But here in this case, the WalkCar is a totally new product I have started from scratch. So I also I want to show the world that Japan can also be innovative.
We ask Chinese companies to reflect on this event, learn from this painful lesson, take appropriate measures, and increase safety to better protect Chinese and Ecuadorian workers.
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Translations for better
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- по-добре, подобрявамBulgarian
- millorarCatalan, Valencian
- mejor, mejorar, mejoresSpanish
- بهبودی, بهبودنPersian
- migliorare, meglioItalian
- טוב יותרHebrew
- 더 나은Korean
- bedre, forbedreNorwegian
- melhor, melhorarPortuguese
- îmbunătăți, mai bineRomanian
- bólje, bóljšeSlovene
- bättre, förbättraSwedish
- tốt hơnVietnamese
- gudikumo, gudükumönVolapük
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