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better

Definitions

verb

  1. get better
  2. surpass in excellence
  3. to make better

noun

  1. the superior one of two alternatives
  2. someone who bets
  3. something superior in quality or condition or effect
  4. a superior person having claim to precedence

adverb

  1. from a position of superiority or authority
  2. comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.

adjective

  1. more than half
  2. (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
  3. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
  4. (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another

Examples

It would almost be better to have no backbench bills at all than the current system, which offers a false glimmer of hope.

Would reverse flow undergravel filtration be better?

The net result of all these changes is that schools should be able to deliver a better service to pupils.

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worse

Definitions

noun

  1. something inferior in quality or condition or effect

adjective

  1. (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability
  2. changed for the worse in health or fitness

adverb

  1. (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner

Examples

A repair job is bad enough; but an investment in managerial ego is worse.

But the consumer magazine also noted that people rated the no-frills carriers slightly worse than two years ago.

His health is getting steadily worse.

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