for better or (for) worse

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of for better or (for) worse

: whether good or bad things happen : no matter what happens
  • We've made our decision and now we have to stick to it for better or worse.

Word by Word Definitions

better play
  1. : comparative of good

  2. : greater than half

  3. : improved in health or mental attitude

  1. : to make better (see 1better): such as

  2. : to make more tolerable or acceptable

  3. : to make more complete or perfect

  1. : comparative of well

  2. : in a more excellent manner

  3. : to greater advantage : preferably

  1. : something better (see 1better)

  2. : a superior especially in merit or rank

  3. : advantage, victory

  1. : had better (see 3better 1b)

worse play
  1. : comparative of bad

  2. : or of ill

  3. : of more inferior quality, value, or condition

  1. : one that is worse

  1. : comparative of bad

  2. : or badly

  3. : or of ill


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