Synonyms & Antonyms of better

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Synonyms of better (Entry 2 of 4)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms of better (Entry 3 of 4)

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 4 of 4)

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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How is the word better distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of better are ameliorate, help, and improve. While all these words 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

When might ameliorate be a better fit than better?

The synonyms ameliorate and better are sometimes interchangeable, but ameliorate implies making more tolerable or acceptable conditions that are hard to endure.

tried to ameliorate the lives of people in the tenements

When can help be used instead of better?

The words help and better can be used in similar contexts, but help implies a bettering that still leaves room for improvement.

a coat of paint would help that house

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The first known use of better was before the 12th century

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bets (on)



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“Better.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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