[ UK /bˈɛtɐ/ ]
[ US /ˈbɛtɝ/ ]
VERB
  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
NOUN
  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
ADVERB
  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
ADJECTIVE
  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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