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Definitions of better

  1. to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. from a position of superiority or authority; "father knows best"; "I know better." Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. something better; "I expected better of him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the superior one of two alternatives; "chose the better of the two" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. one having claim to precedence; a superior; "the common man has been kept in his place by his betters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. someone who bets Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. (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
  11. (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; "her health is better now"; "I feel better" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. more than half; "argued for the better part of an hour" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. get better; "The weather improved toward evening" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (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
  15. 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
  16. Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Greater in amount; larger; more. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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
  21. More correctly or thoroughly. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To become better; to improve. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. One who bets or lays a wager. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. of Well The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. Advantage, superiority, or victory; - usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; - usually in the plural. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. Of good. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. To improve; to increase the good qualities of; as, to better the condition of the poor; to surpass; to outdo. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. To become more excellent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  38. 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.
  39. One who wagers or lays bets. Also, bettor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  40. (serves as comp. of GOOD) Good in a greater degree: preferable: improved. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. (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.
  42. To make better, to improve: to benefit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  43. One who bets. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  44. In a superior manner or higher degree. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  45. more good; superior; improved. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  46. To improve; to benefit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  47. To improve; surpass; excel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. Superior; preferable; surpassing; improved in health; convalescent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. Advantage; superiority. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. A superior. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. One who makes bets. bettor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. To improve; to exceed; to give advantage to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  57. 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.
  58. With greater excellence; more correctly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  59. 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.
  60. Advantage, superiority, or victory; -- usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy. mso.anu.edu.au
  61. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; -- usually in the plural. mso.anu.edu.au
  62. Advantage, superiority, or victory; usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy. dictgcide_fs
  63. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; usually in the plural. dictgcide_fs
  64. bet'[.e]r, adj. (serves as comp. of GOOD) good in a greater degree: preferable: improved: more suitable: larger: kinder: stronger in health.--adv. (comp. of WELL) well in a greater degree: more fully or completely: over or more than: with greater advantage: (pl.) superiors.--v.t. to make better (also reflexively, to better one's self), to improve: to benefit: also with intransitive sense, to grow better.--p.adjs. BET'TERED, improved, amended; BET'TERING, improving.--ns. BET'TERING, BET'TERMENT, BET'TERNESS.--adj. BET'TERMOST.--BETTER HALF, a jocose term for a wife, once applied seriously to either wife or husband, and even the soul as opposed to the body.--I HAD BETTER = I should hold it better to--the original construction having been a dative pronoun.--TO BE BETTER OFF, to be in superior circumstances; TO BE BETTER THAN ONE'S SELF, to do more than one had promised; TO GET THE BETTER OF, to gain the advantage over. [A.S. bet (adv.), betera, better; Goth. batiza, Ger. besser. Prob. cog. with BOOT.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  65. (comp. of good, well). Of, in, a more excellent kind, way (often, like good, well, for specific wd as more virtuous, more plentifully). Phrr.: no b. than, practically; no b. than one should be, improper; one\'s b. feelings, higher self; b. part, most; one\'s b. half, wife; b. than (with number &c.), above; had b., would find it wiser to; be, get, b., less unwell; b. than one\'s word, more liberal than one promised to be; one\'s b., more skilful person; one\'s bb., people of higher rank; get the b. of, defeat, outwit; know b., refuse to accept statement, not be so foolish (as to do something); think b. of it, change one\'s mind; change for the b.; b. off, richer, more comfortable. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  66. Amend, improve; surpass (a feat, &c.); b. oneself, get b. situation, wages, &c. Hence betterment n. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  67. for b. for worse, on the terms of accepting whatever fortune befalls (see Prayer Book, Solemnization of Matrimony). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  68. n. Advantage or superiority;—improvement; greater excellence;—usually pl. superiors; those who have a claim to precedence. Cabinet Dictionary
  69. adv. In a superior or more excellent manner;—more correctly;—in a higher or greater degree; more. Cabinet Dictionary
  70. Having good qualities in a greater degree that something else. Complete Dictionary
  71. Superior in goodness. Complete Dictionary

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