adjective, compar. of good with best as superl.
adverb, compar. of well with best as superl.
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
Words nearby better
Example sentences from the Web for bettering
Obama said their courage had inspired many to serve their country, whether in uniform or in bettering their communities.
Bettering the situation requires price pressures driven by consumers.
And the statuesque brunette has even been credited with bettering the fashion sense of her high-powered husband.
Not with the "ax and gun" went they, as will be seen, but with the ax, and with the hope of bettering their condition.John Brown, Soldier of Fortune|Hill Peebles Wilson
Hence he is perfectible through nature, and merely conforms to nature in improving his mind and in bettering his condition.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
They had no idea of the things we had done and the progress we had made in bettering the working conditions of labour generally.With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia|John Ward
It delights us to speak yet further of the holy man John, for his honour and our bettering.
I exclaimed, after he had looked about him for the means of bettering his situation, and of continuing the chase.Seek and Find|Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for bettering (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 bettering (2 of 2)
esp US bettor
Idioms and Phrases with bettering
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.