adjective, comparative of good, with best as superlative.
adverb, comparative of well, with best as superlative.
verb (used with object)
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Idioms for better
- in better circumstances.
- more fortunate; happier: Because of his asthma, he would be better off in a different climate.
- to get an advantage over.
- to prevail against.
- to reconsider and decide more favorably or wisely regarding: I was tempted to make a sarcastic retort, but thought better of it.
- to form a higher opinion of: I think better of him now that he's gone back to college.
Origin of better1
synonym study for better
OTHER WORDS FROM betterun·bet·tered, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH betterbetter , bettor.
Words nearby better
Definition for better (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for better
Then pair it with regulatory changes to help the housing market work better for more people.Joe Biden’s surprisingly visionary housing plan, explained|Matthew Yglesias|July 9, 2020|Vox
As the actors do it more and more, they get better and better.
With such training, police departments will be better positioned to collect and evaluate data on their own.There’s little evidence showing which police reforms work|Sujata Gupta|July 9, 2020|Science News
Researchers are hopeful about using machine learning techniques to analyze medical data like patient records, which could help doctors better treat patients by knowing how they’ll likely respond to certain therapies.Why messy data is a big problem in the fight against COVID-19|jonathanvanian2015|July 8, 2020|Fortune
Non-Black allies of color are also taking steps to support food justice — providing meals to a Black Lives Matter chapter, championing Black chefs, and better fostering workplace diversity.How Black Communities Are Bridging the Food Access Gap|Nadra Nittle|July 8, 2020|Eater
British Dictionary definitions for better (1 of 2)
- to change one's course of action after reconsideration
- to rate (a person) more highly
Word Origin for better
British Dictionary definitions for better (2 of 2)
esp US bettor
Idioms and Phrases with better
In addition to the idioms beginning with better
- better half
- better late than never
- better off
- better part of
- better safe than sorry
- better than
- against one's better judgment
- all better
- all the better
- discretion is the better part of valor
- for better or for worse
- get better
- get the better (best) of
- go one better
- had better (best)
- know better
- seen better days
- so much the better
- sooner the better
- take a turn for the better
- think better of
- you'd better believe it
Also see underbest.