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
Lots of people have to use this technology for it to work, or even to see what needs to be tweaked to make it work better.A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.|Geoffrey Fowler|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
They understandably want and deserve better personal protective equipment, testing, contact tracing and ventilation.Schools are not spreading covid-19. This new data explains why.|Emily Oster|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The picture was made in 1958, the same year that the better-known Morris Louis painted most of his multilayered “Veils.”In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA|Mark Jenkins|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
We should have a better idea of rain timing and amounts as we get closer.D.C.-area forecast: Mainly clear skies plus warmer temperatures today and tomorrow|A. Camden Walker|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
If Wall can stay healthy, he is a better fit alongside Beal and he is far more likely to help Washington’s younger players reach their potential.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
But what is this realism that our leaders are supposed to acknowledge before bettering the world?
Having spent time bettering yourself these past six months, you now exhibit all the signs of a terrifically together person.
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.
We do not employ the same means for bettering our position as we do in pursuing frivolous and fanciful things.
A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
There is no possibility of permanently bettering their condition.Left on Labrador|Charles Asbury Stephens
This was the necessity for the bettering of the means of communication of the country.Mexico|Charles Reginald Enock
To express disapproval of their conduct would have incurred the enmity of the whole crew, without bettering his own situation.File No. 113|Emile Gaboriau
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.