Idioms about 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
Other definitions for better (2 of 2)
How to use better in a sentence
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
He regarded it simply as a civil war, by which 'the condition of no nation,' as he wrote later, 'was ever bettered.'Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing
At first my change in bodily build and bettered health rendered me hardly recognisable to my friends.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
Not a night but some brown maiden Bettered all the dusk she strayed in, While the roses in her hair Bankrupted oblivion there.Songs from Vagabondia|Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
May all men's lot be bettered, all women's sorrow lessened, to whom this tale of woes shall be recounted.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Hodge dropped his nines, which he had not bettered, and that left Merriwell and Snell to fight it out.Frank Merriwell's Chums|Burt L. Standish
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
Other 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.