better

better
better1 [bet′ər]
adj.
[ME bettere, betere < OE betera: see BEST]
1. compar. of GOOD
2. of a more excellent sort; surpassing another or others
3. more suitable, more desirable, more favorable, more profitable, etc.
4. being more than half; larger [it cost the better part of her pay]
5. improved in health or disposition
adv.
1. compar. of WELL2
2. in a more excellent manner; in a more suitable way
3. in a higher degree; to a greater extent
4. more [it took better than an hour]
5. Informal HAD BETTER (see phrase below) [you better behave yourself]
n.
1. a person superior in authority, position, etc. [obey your betters]
2. the thing, condition, circumstance, action, etc. that is more excellent, more suitable, etc.
3. advantage [to get the better of a rival]
vt.
1. to outdo; surpass
2. to make better; improve
vi.
to become better
SYN.- IMPROVE
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better off
1. in a better situation or condition
2. having more income, wealth, etc.
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for the better
to a better or improved condition
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get the better of or have the better of
1. to outdo
2. to outwit
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had better
ought to; would be prudent or wise to
better2 [bet′ər]
n.
alt. sp. of BETTOR

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  • Better — Bet ter, a.; compar. of Good. [OE. betere, bettre, and as adv. bet, AS. betera, adj., and bet, adv.; akin to Icel. betri, adj., betr, adv., Goth. batiza, adj., OHG. bezziro, adj., baz, adv., G. besser, adj. and adv., bass, adv., E. boot, and prob …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Better — is the comparative form of the adjective good .Better may also refer to: * to better as a verb means that someone or something has undergone betterment *better, an alternate spelling of bettor, as a noun, is someone who bets (gambles) *Better, a… …   Wikipedia

  • better — adj Better, superior, preferable mean more worthy or more pleasing than another or others. Better, which often serves as the comparative of good, in this sense implies a quality or character in a person or thing that surpasses or exceeds that in… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Better — Bet ter, adv.; compar. of {Well}. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] I could have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • better — 1. had better. This common idiom is used in the form We had better go home or We d better go home; the negative form is We d better not go home and the interrogative Hadn t we better go home?. Informally (but not in more formal contexts), the… …   Modern English usage

  • Better — Bet ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bettered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bettering}.] [AS. beterian, betrian, fr. betera better. See {Better}, a.] 1. To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of. [1913 Webster] Love betters what is best.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • better — [adj1] excelling, more excellent bigger, choice, exceeding, exceptional, finer, fitter, greater, higher quality, improved, larger, more appropriate, more desirable, more fitting, more select, more suitable, more useful, more valuable, preferable …   New thesaurus

  • Better — Bet ter, n. 1. Advantage, superiority, or victory; usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy. [1913 Webster] 2. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Better — Bet ter, v. i. To become better; to improve. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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