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to a greater or higher extent
  • he knows property law better than anyone else

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Synonyms & Antonyms of better (Entry 2 of 3)

1 one who is above another in rank, station, or office
  • be polite to your betters and to your inferiors in equal measure

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Synonyms & Antonyms of better (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to be greater, better, or stronger than
  • this year's profits should better last year's by a wide margin

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2 to make better
  • social workers and reformers trying to better the lives of inner-city residents

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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.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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