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better

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adjective bet·ter \ˈbe-tər\

Simple Definition of better

  • : higher in quality

  • : more skillful

  • : more attractive, appealing, effective, useful, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of better

  1. comparative of good

  1. 1 :  greater than half <for the better part of an hour>

  2. 2 :  improved in health or mental attitude <feeling better>

  3. 3 :  more attractive, favorable, or commendable <in better circumstances>

  4. 4 :  more advantageous or effective <a better solution>

  5. 5 :  improved in accuracy or performance <building a better engine>

Examples of better in a sentence

  1. Her second book is better than her first one.

  2. This one is no better than that one.

  3. She's a better golfer than I am.

  4. He's a better singer than he is an actor.

  5. He's much better with children now that he's a father himself.

  6. The weather is better today than it was yesterday.

  7. They came up with a better solution to the problem.

  8. Don't you have something better to do than to watch TV all day?

  9. Her work wasn't that good at first, but it's getting better.

  10. Her work just keeps getting better and better.



Origin and Etymology of better

Middle English bettre, from Old English betera; akin to Old English bōt remedy, Sanskrit bhadra fortunate


First Known Use: before 12th century


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better

verb bet·ter

Simple Definition of better

  • : to make (something) better

  • : to be or do better than (something or someone) : to improve on (something or someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of better

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make better: as a :  to make more tolerable or acceptable <trying to better the lot of slum dwellers> b :  to make more complete or perfect <looked forward to bettering her acquaintance with the new neighbors>

  3. 2 :  to surpass in excellence :  excel

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become better

Examples of better in a sentence

  1. They are trying to better the lives of working people.

  2. He looked forward to bettering his acquaintance with the new neighbors.

  3. The team has bettered its chances of winning the championship.

  4. She bettered her previous performance.

  5. He set a record that has never been equaled or bettered.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of better

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of better

improve, better, help, ameliorate mean to make more acceptable or to bring nearer a standard. improve and better are general and interchangeable and apply to what can be made better whether it is good or bad <measures to further improve the quality of medical care> <immigrants hoping to better their lot>. help implies a bettering that still leaves room for improvement <a coat of paint would help that house>. ameliorate implies making more tolerable or acceptable conditions that are hard to endure <tried to ameliorate the lives of people in the tenements>.

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better

adverb bet·ter

Simple Definition of better

  • : in a better way

  • —used to suggest that something should or should not be done

  • : to a higher or greater degree

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of better

  1. comparative of well

  1. 1 a :  in a more excellent manner <sings better than I do> b :  to greater advantage :  preferably <some things are better left unsaid>

  2. 2 a :  to a higher or greater degree <he knows the story better than you do> b :  more <it is better than nine miles to the next town>

Examples of better in a sentence

  1. How is she doing in school? She did badly at first, but now she's doing much better.

  2. She sings better than I do.

  3. He sings better than he acts.

  4. Instead of writing to her, I'm going to visit her in person. Even better.

  5. He knows the story much better than you do.

  6. Her paintings have become better known in recent years.

  7. There's nothing I'd like better than to see you again.



12th Century

First Known Use of better

12th century


4

better

noun bet·ter

Simple Definition of better

  • : something that is better : better behavior

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of better

  1. 1 a :  something better <I expected better from them> b :  a superior especially in merit or rank <was respectful of his betters>

  2. 2 :  advantage, victory <get the better of her>

Examples of better in a sentence

  1. They shouldn't treat him that way. He deserves better.

  2. <be polite to your betters and to your inferiors in equal measure>



12th Century

First Known Use of better

12th century


5

better

verbal auxiliary bet·ter

Definition of better

  1. :  had better <you better hurry>



1831

First Known Use of better

1831



BETTER Defined for Kids

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better

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adjective bet·ter \ˈbe-tər\

Definition of better for Students

  1. comparative of good

  1. 1 :  more satisfactory or skillful than another <a better solution> <a better player>

  2. 2 :  improved in health <I was sick but now I'm better.>

better part

  1. :  more than half <We waited the better part of an hour.>




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better

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verb bet·ter

Definition of better for Students

bettered

bettering

  1. :  to make or become more satisfactory <They are trying to better their performance.>




3

better

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adverb bet·ter

Definition of better for Students

  1. comparative of well

  1. 1 :  in a superior or more excellent way <He sings better than I do.>

  2. 2 :  to a higher or greater degree <She knows the story better than I do.>




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better

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noun bet·ter

Definition of better for Students

  1. 1 :  something that is more satisfactory <This is a change for the better.>

  2. 2 :  advantage 2, victory <She got the better of her opponent.>





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