[ UK /bˈɛtɐ/ ]
[ US /ˈbɛtɝ/ ]
  1. get better
    The weather improved toward evening
  2. surpass in excellence
    break a record
    She bettered her own record
  3. to make better
    The editor improved the manuscript with his changes
  1. the superior one of two alternatives
    chose the better of the two
  2. someone who bets
  3. something superior in quality or condition or effect
    a change for the better
  4. a superior person having claim to precedence
    the common man has been kept in his place by his betters
  1. from a position of superiority or authority
    I know better.
    father knows best
  2. comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.
    better suited to the job
    She had never sung better
    a deed better left undone
  1. more than half
    argued for the better part of an hour
  2. (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
    her health is better now
    I feel better
  3. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
    the White House thought it best not to respond
    it would be better to speak to him
  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
    produced a better mousetrap
    a better type of car
    a better chance of success
    she's better in math than in history
    You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din
    a better coat
    a suit with a better fit
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How To Use better In A Sentence

  • It would almost be better to have no backbench bills at all than the current system, which offers a false glimmer of hope. Times, Sunday Times
  • 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.
  • Based upon analysis of duplicate samples, reproducibility was better than 3% of the measured concentration of each element.
  • The first part of the book is pretty boring, but it gets a lot better as the story goes on.
  • In her acceptance speech, the winner thanked the almighty and promised to do even better at the all-India level.
  • Once the thrill of its discovery had passed, Peter got onto the business of exploring the place a little better.
  • A little bit overcast is actually a lot better than a sunny sky for us out there," Miller said. NHL players excited to go outdoors in Buffalo's chill
  • Close beside me stood my excellent friend Griffiths, the jolly hosteler, of whom I take the present opportunity of saying a few words, though I dare say he has been frequently described before, and by far better pens. The Bible in Spain
  • Equally badly behaved, but a little calmer and better informed, were the massive numbers from the labor unions.
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