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better

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of better

  1. to a greater or higher extent he knows property law better than anyone else Synonyms of better more


better

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of better

  1. 1 one who is above another in rank, station, or office be polite to your betters and to your inferiors in equal measure Synonyms of better superior, elder, seniorWords Related to better boss, chief, head, leader, masterNear Antonyms of better assistant, deputyAntonyms of better inferior, subordinate, underling

  2. 2 the more favorable condition or position in a competition she got the better of her opponents very early in the race Synonyms of better advantage, bulge, catbird seat, drop, edge, high ground, inside track, jump, pull, stead, upper hand, vantage, whip handWords Related to better allowance, head start, lead, leg up, margin, odds, start; ascendancy (also ascendency), command, dominance, mastery, predominance, superiority, supremacy, transcendence, transcendency; precedence, preference, prerogative, privilege, seniority; break, foothold, opportunity; benefit, blessing, boon, felicity, godsend, manna, windfallNear Antonyms of better detriment, stranglehold; disparity, imbalance, inequality, unevenness; disability, failing, impairment, shortcoming; bar, catch, check, clog, crimp, embarrassment, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, rub, shackle, stop, trammel; lurch, setbackAntonyms of better disadvantage, drawback, handicap, liability, minus, penalty, strike


better

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of better

  1. 1 to be greater, better, or stronger than this year's profits should better last year's by a wide margin Synonyms of better beat, surpass, eclipse, exceed, excel, outclass, outdistance, outdo, outgun, outmatch, outshine, outstrip, overtop, top, tower (over), transcendWords Related to better one-up, outpace, outrace, outrun, overpass; best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, outcompete, outperform, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, shame, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against), worst; outbalance, outweigh, overbear, overshadow, trumpNear Antonyms of better lose (to)

  2. 2 to make better social workers and reformers trying to better the lives of inner-city residents Synonyms of better ameliorate, amend, improve, enhance, enrich, help, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgradeWords Related to better correct, emend, rectify, reform, remediate, remedy; edit, fine-tune, redraft, refurbish, rehab, rehabilitate, revamp, revise, rework; beef (up), boost, fortify, intensify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; fine, hone, polish; retouch, touch upNear Antonyms of better damage, endamage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, spoil, tarnish, vitiate; blemish, blight, deface, disfigure, flaw, mar; diminish, lessen, lower, reduceAntonyms of better worsen

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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