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Definitions of better

  1. to make better; " The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
  2. ( 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"
  3. surpass in excellence; " She bettered her own record"; " break a record"
  4. something better; " I expected better of him"
  5. the superior one of two alternatives; " chose the better of the two"
  6. one having claim to precedence; a superior; " the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"
  7. someone who bets
  8. 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"
  9. ( 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"
  10. ( comparative of ` good') changed for the better in health or fitness; " her health is better now"; " I feel better"
  11. more than half; " argued for the better part of an hour"
  12. ( 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 of car"
  13. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air.
  14. Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.
  15. Greater in amount; larger; more.
  16. Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better.
  17. More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject.
  18. 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.
  19. More correctly or thoroughly.
  20. In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another.
  21. More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better.
  22. To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of.
  23. To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise.
  24. To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
  25. To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
  26. To become better; to improve.
  27. One who bets or lays a wager.
  28. Advantage, superiority, or victory; - usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy.
  29. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; - usually in the plural.
  30. Of good.
  31. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; preferable or more suitable; improved in health; more perfect; larger; greater.
  32. In a superior or more excellent manner; more correctly or thoroughly; in a higher degree; more in extent.
  33. To become more excellent.
  34. A superior; usually in plural; superiority, or advantage over; usually with of.
  35. One who wagers or lays bets. Also, bettor.
  36. ( serves as comp. of GOOD) Good in a greater degree: preferable: improved.
  37. ( comp. of WELL) Well in a greater degree: more fully or completely: with greater advantage:- pl. superiors.
  38. To make better, to improve: to benefit.
  39. In a superior manner or higher degree.
  40. more good; superior; improved.
  41. To improve; to benefit.
  42. To improve; surpass; excel.
  43. Superior; preferable; surpassing; improved in health; convalescent.
  44. Advantage; superiority.
  45. A superior.
  46. One who makes bets. bettor.
  47. In a superior manner; more excellently; more correctly; in a higher degree.
  48. Comp. of good, good or excellent in a greater degree than another; more desirable; improved in health; greater in degree.
  49. Comp. of well, in a superior or more excellent manner; more correctly or fully; with more profit; in a higher degree; more.
  50. Superiors; those who have a claim to precedence on account of their rank, age, or office. To be better off, to be in better circumstances. To have the better, to have the advantage. To get or gain the better, to obtain the advantage, superiority, or victory. For the better, for the advantage, superiority, or victory; for the advantage or improvement.
  51. To improve; to exceed; to give advantage to.
  52. Comp. of good, good in a higher degree; more advanced.
  53. With greater excellence; more correctly.
  54. To improve; to raise higher in the good qualities of.
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Usage examples for better

  1. I thought it might once- but I know better now. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  2. I don't know that you look better in anything else. – Muslin by George Moore
  3. What can you do better? – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  4. " I do - better," said Mrs. Landholm. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  5. " You had better leave the room now," replied Miss Tredgold. – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  6. Couldn't Rush do better for you than that? – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  7. You have done better then. – The Maids Tragedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  8. " Better come out, Davis," he said quietly. – The Boy Allies Under the Sea by Robert L. Drake
  9. " I think it will be better if you go," he said quietly. – The Imaginary Marriage by Henry St. John Cooper
  10. " I understand you better than you do me. – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  11. And what can be better? – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  12. What better is there to do? – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  13. " It had better be left alone, Cynthia," he said. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  14. But Ermengarde knew better. – The Children of Wilton Chase by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  15. Better let me go. – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  16. Don't you think it would be better if we went back to camp? – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  17. For him- it is better as it is. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  18. How much better it would be for them if they did! – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  19. If not, we had better go in." – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  20. I'll do better here. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
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