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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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. Dave Burwick:

    We're seeing now a whole generation of millennials. They're coming into their own as coffee drinkers, they're the ones who are choosing better coffee right out of the gate.

  2. Klaus Hessberger:

    You always have to look at the big picture, with the current volatility and macro shocks, the risk of interest hikes is much lower. Some stocks might go down now, but that's how you can achieve better returns in future.

  3. Jack Ma:

    As soon as the weather gets cold, apparel starts to sell a bit better.

  4. Tan Yi Han:

    Jokowi did say that he aims to take action against the haze, that's just words, but it's better than nothing.

  5. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk:

    It's better to have this new deal rather than not to have (it). But we do not trust any words or any papers. We are to trust only actions and deeds.

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