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
OTHER WORDS FROM betterun·bet·tered, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH betterbetter , bettor
Definition for better (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for better
They’re also going to have to do a much better job of making the case for why they exist so their donors, even in a tight financial time, feel the need to continue to support the work that they do.
VOSD contributor Jared Whitlock requested death certificates in April to see where the virus was moving and to better understand how the county was managing the public health crisis.Morning Report: County Digs in to Keep COVID Data Private|Voice of San Diego|November 19, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Ironically, with covid-19, there’s probably never been a better opportunity to find someone outside the organization who would gladly take your boss’s place.It’s hard to get rid of a bad boss. Instead, try a ‘soft coup.’|Karla Miller|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Those records could be used to track the virus, compare the accuracy of reported data and better understand how the county was managing the public health crisis.County Officials Dig in to Keep COVID-19 Info Private|Sara Libby and Jared Whitlock|November 19, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Peale and his family moved their own home to the basement of the museum, so as to better manage the ever-growing enterprise.When Science Was the Best Show in America - Issue 93: Forerunners|Lee Alan Dugatkin|November 18, 2020|Nautilus
If they believe change has bettered their lives, 2016 could be another good day for Republicans.
In this case, the embarrassing stumble may have bettered her score.Carrie Ann Inaba, Justin Bieber & More Celebrity Stumbles (VIDEO)|The Daily Beast Video|October 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Yet was I again remanded to prison; but my lodging was bettered in another place.
The drawing of the flight of steps and of the groups upon them could not be bettered.The Venetian School of Painting|Evelyn March Phillipps
They sought for any change, no matter what, seeing that in the convulsion their own condition must be bettered.The Fortunes Of Glencore|Charles James Lever
“Socrates could not have bettered it,” commended Sir Blaise.The Lady of Loyalty House|Justin Huntly McCarthy
Tom explained that he had taught them how to make it himself that very morning, and that it could not be bettered in all London.At Start and Finish|William Lindsey
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.