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Definitions of better

  1. To improve; surpass; excel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To make better, to improve: to benefit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To improve; to benefit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To become better; to improve. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To become more excellent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To improve; to exceed; to give advantage to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To improve; to raise higher in the good qualities of. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. something better; "I expected better of him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the superior one of two alternatives; "chose the better of the two" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. one having claim to precedence; a superior; "the common man has been kept in his place by his betters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. someone who bets Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. One who bets or lays a wager. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Advantage, superiority, or victory; - usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; - usually in the plural. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A superior; usually in plural; superiority, or advantage over; usually with of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. One who wagers or lays bets. Also, bettor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Advantage; superiority. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. A superior. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. One who makes bets. bettor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. More correctly or thoroughly. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Of good. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. (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 of car" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. In a superior or more excellent manner; more correctly or thoroughly; in a higher degree; more in extent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. (comp. of WELL) Well in a greater degree: more fully or completely: with greater advantage:-pl. superiors. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. In a superior manner or higher degree. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. more good; superior; improved. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. In a superior manner; more excellently; more correctly; in a higher degree. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Comp. of well, in a superior or more excellent manner; more correctly or fully; with more profit; in a higher degree; more. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. With greater excellence; more correctly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  36. (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; "her health is better now"; "I feel better" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  37. more than half; "argued for the better part of an hour" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. Greater in amount; larger; more. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; preferable or more suitable; improved in health; more perfect; larger; greater. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  48. (serves as comp. of GOOD) Good in a greater degree: preferable: improved. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  49. Superior; preferable; surpassing; improved in health; convalescent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. Comp. of good, good or excellent in a greater degree than another; more desirable; improved in health; greater in degree. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  51. Comp. of good, good in a higher degree; more advanced. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  52. Superiors; those who have a claim to precedence on account of their rank, age, or office. To be better off, to be in better circumstances. To have the better, to have the advantage. To get or gain the better, to obtain the advantage, superiority, or victory. For the better, for the advantage, superiority, or victory; for the advantage or improvement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for better

  1. I thought it might once- but I know better now. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  2. I don't know that you look better in anything else. – Muslin by George Moore
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