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Meaning & Definition of Better in English

English

Better

/bɛtər/

noun

1. Something superior in quality or condition or effect

  • "A change for the better"
    synonym:
  • better

2. Someone who bets

    synonym:
  • bettor
  • ,
  • better
  • ,
  • wagerer
  • ,
  • punter

3. A superior person having claim to precedence

  • "The common man has been kept in his place by his betters"
    synonym:
  • better

4. The superior one of two alternatives

  • "Chose the better of the two"
    synonym:
  • better

verb

1. Surpass in excellence

  • "She bettered her own record"
  • "Break a record"
    synonym:
  • better
  • ,
  • break

2. To make better

  • "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
    synonym:
  • better
  • ,
  • improve
  • ,
  • amend
  • ,
  • ameliorate
  • ,
  • meliorate

3. Get better

  • "The weather improved toward evening"
    synonym:
  • better
  • ,
  • improve
  • ,
  • ameliorate
  • ,
  • meliorate

adjective

1. (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability

  • More highly skilled than another
  • "You're a better man than i am, gunga din"
  • "A better coat"
  • "A better type of car"
  • "A suit with a better fit"
  • "A better chance of success"
  • "Produced a better mousetrap"
  • "She's better in math than in history"
    synonym:
  • better

2. (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness

  • "Her health is better now"
  • "I feel better"
    synonym:
  • better

3. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable

  • "It would be better to speak to him"
  • "The white house thought it best not to respond"
    synonym:
  • better(p)
  • ,
  • best(p)

4. More than half

  • "Argued for the better part of an hour"
    synonym:
  • better

adverb

1. Comparative of `well'

  • In a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.
  • "She had never sung better"
  • "A deed better left undone"
  • "Better suited to the job"
    synonym:
  • better

2. From a position of superiority or authority

  • "Father knows best"
  • "I know better."
    synonym:
  • better
  • ,
  • best

Examples of using

I think a bit of anger is better for you than worry.
We'd better get the hole in the screen fixed or the house will be full of flies.
You are ten times better looking than I am.