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Definitions of better

  1. to make better; " The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
  2. from a position of superiority or authority; " father knows best"; " I know better."
  3. ( 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"
  4. surpass in excellence; " She bettered her own record"; " break a record"
  5. something better; " I expected better of him"
  6. the superior one of two alternatives; " chose the better of the two"
  7. one having claim to precedence; a superior; " the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"
  8. someone who bets
  9. 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"
  10. ( 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"
  11. ( comparative of ` good') changed for the better in health or fitness; " her health is better now"; " I feel better"
  12. more than half; " argued for the better part of an hour"
  13. get better; " The weather improved toward evening"
  14. ( 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"
  15. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air.
  16. Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.
  17. Greater in amount; larger; more.
  18. Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better.
  19. More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject.
  20. 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.
  21. More correctly or thoroughly.
  22. In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another.
  23. More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better.
  24. To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of.
  25. To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise.
  26. To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
  27. To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
  28. To become better; to improve.
  29. One who bets or lays a wager.
  30. of Well
  31. Advantage, superiority, or victory; - usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy.
  32. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; - usually in the plural.
  33. Of good.
  34. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; preferable or more suitable; improved in health; more perfect; larger; greater.
  35. In a superior or more excellent manner; more correctly or thoroughly; in a higher degree; more in extent.
  36. To improve; to increase the good qualities of; as, to better the condition of the poor; to surpass; to outdo.
  37. To become more excellent.
  38. A superior; usually in plural; superiority, or advantage over; usually with of.
  39. One who wagers or lays bets. Also, bettor.
  40. ( serves as comp. of GOOD) Good in a greater degree: preferable: improved.
  41. ( comp. of WELL) Well in a greater degree: more fully or completely: with greater advantage:- pl. superiors.
  42. To make better, to improve: to benefit.
  43. One who bets.
  44. In a superior manner or higher degree.
  45. more good; superior; improved.
  46. To improve; to benefit.
  47. To improve; surpass; excel.
  48. Superior; preferable; surpassing; improved in health; convalescent.
  49. Advantage; superiority.
  50. A superior.
  51. One who makes bets. bettor.
  52. In a superior manner; more excellently; more correctly; in a higher degree.
  53. Comp. of good, good or excellent in a greater degree than another; more desirable; improved in health; greater in degree.
  54. Comp. of well, in a superior or more excellent manner; more correctly or fully; with more profit; in a higher degree; more.
  55. 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.
  56. To improve; to exceed; to give advantage to.
  57. Comp. of good, good in a higher degree; more advanced.
  58. With greater excellence; more correctly.
  59. To improve; to raise higher in the good qualities of.
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Quotes of better

  1. You always think you're better than you are in the beginning. – Todd Barry
  2. Don't think your dreams don't come true, because they do. You'd better be careful what you wish for. And I truly and honestly- one day I am doing the 'Beaver' show and I said, 'This is the show I have always wanted to do.' – Barbara Billingsley
  3. If Hollywood stars speak out, so do all sorts of other people. Now Hollywood stars can get a better hearing. – Roger Ebert
  4. Better one's House be too little one day than too big all the Year after. – Thomas Fuller
  5. I was doing political cartoons and getting angry to the point where I felt I was going to have to start making and throwing bombs. I thought I was probably a better cartoonist than a bomb maker. – Terry Gilliam
  6. The biggest trade that Germany and Britain had was with each other, in the prewar period; I think I'm right in that. Two highly industrialized nations had the most trade with each other, and it wasn't tariff policies alone that made trade relations better for both of them. – W. Averell Harriman
  7. My M. O. over the years is that I make things better where people give me that freedom. – Michael Ironside
  8. That is why I came to conclusion that the election must take place, so that the republic can have a government. If I were to say that everything will change for the better immediately, that would not be true. The struggle will continue for a long time. – Akhmad Kadyrov
  9. If we're going to live as we are in a world of supply and demand, then journalists had better find a way to create a demand for good journalism. – Bill Kovach
  10. When I interview people, and they give me an immediate answer, they're often not thinking. So I'm silent. I wait. Because they think they have to keep answering. And it's the second train of thought that's the better answer. – Robin Leach
  11. By giving the public a rich and full melody, distinctly arranged and well played, all the time creating new tone colors and patterns, I feel we have a better chance of being successful. I want a kick to my band, but I don't want the rhythm to hog the spotlight. – Glenn Miller
  12. Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. – Ronald Reagan
  13. We can do things the cheap way, the simple way, for the short -term and without regard for the future. Or, we can make the extra effort, do the hard work, absorb the criticism and make decisions that will cause a better future. – Mike Rounds
  14. Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away. – Jean-Paul Sartre
  15. In general, shorter is better If you can encapsulate your idea into a single captivating sentence, you're halfway home. – Len Wein

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

Rhymes for better

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