a.1.Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air.
Could make the worse appear
The better reason.
- Milton.
2.Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.
To obey is better than sacrifice.
- 1 Sam. xv. 22.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
- Ps. cxviii. 9.
3.Greater in amount; larger; more.
4.Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better.
5.More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject.
All the better
See under All, adv.
Better half
an expression used to designate one's wife.
My dear, my better half (said he),
I find I must now leave thee.
- Sir P. Sidney.
n.1.Advantage, superiority, or victory; - usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy.
2.One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; - usually in the plural.
For the better
in the way of improvement; so as to produce improvement.
- Dryden.
adv.1.In a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success; as, Henry writes better than John; veterans fight better than recruits.
I could have better spared a better man.
- Shak.
2.More correctly or thoroughly.
3.In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another.
Never was monarch better feared, and loved.
- Shak.
4.More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better.
To think better of
to have a more favorable opinion of any one.
to reconsider and alter one's decision.
v. t.1.To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of.
[imp. & p. p. Bettered ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bettering.]
Love betters what is best.
- Wordsworth.
He thought to better his circumstances.
- Thackeray.
2.To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise.
The constant effort of every man to better himself.
- Macaulay.
3.To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
4.To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
v. i.1.To become better; to improve.
n.1.One who bets or lays a wager.
Noun1.better - one having claim to precedence; a superior; "the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"
2.Betterbetter - someone who bets
Synonyms: bettor, wagerer, punter
3.better - the superior one of two alternatives; "chose the better of the two"
Verb1.better - surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
Synonyms: break
2.better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
aggravate, exacerbate, worsen, exasperate - make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"
3.better - get better; "The weather improved toward evening"
decline, worsen - grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened"
Adj.1.better - (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"
worse - (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability; "this road is worse than the first one we took"; "the road is in worse shape than it was"; "she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying"
2.better - (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; "her health is better now"; "I feel better"
worsened, worse - changed for the worse in health or fitness; "I feel worse today"; "her cold is worse"
3.better - (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"
Synonyms: best
4.better - more than half; "argued for the better part of an hour"
Adv.1.better - 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"
2.better - from a position of superiority or authority; "father knows best"; "I know better."
Synonyms: best
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