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English adjective: better

1. better (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


SamplesYou're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
A better coat.
A better type of car.
A suit with a better fit.
A better chance of success.
Produced a better mousetrap.
She's better in math than in history.


Similaramended, finer, improved


Domain usagecomparative, comparative degree


Antonymsworse

2. better (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness


SamplesHer health is better now.
I feel better.


Similarfitter, healthier


Domain usagecomparative, comparative degree


Antonymsworsened, worse

3. better (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable


SamplesIt would be better to speak to him.
The White House thought it best not to respond.


Synonymsbest


Similaradvisable


Domain usagecomparative, comparative degree


Antonymsinadvisable, unadvisable

4. better more than half


SamplesArgued for the better part of an hour.


Similarmajor


Antonymsminor


English noun: better

1. better (attribute) something superior in quality or condition or effect


SamplesA change for the better.


Broader (hypernym)good, goodness

2. better (person) someone who bets


Synonymsbettor, punter, wagerer


Broader (hypernym)gambler


Narrower (hyponym)caller, taker

3. better (person) a superior person having claim to precedence


SamplesThe common man has been kept in his place by his betters.


Broader (hypernym)higher-up, superior, superordinate

4. better (attribute) the superior one of two alternatives


SamplesChose the better of the two.


Broader (hypernym)good, goodness


English adverb: better

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


SamplesShe had never sung better.
A deed better left undone.
Better suited to the job.

2. better from a position of superiority or authority


SamplesFather knows best.
I know better..


Synonymsbest


English verb: better

1. better (competition) surpass in excellence


SamplesShe bettered her own record.
Break a record.


Synonymsbreak


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass

2. better (change) to make better


SamplesThe editor improved the manuscript with his changes.


Synonymsameliorate, amend, improve, meliorate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)advance, aid, alleviate, assuage, beautify, build, build up, bushel, condition, develop, distill, doctor, down, educate, embellish, emend, enhance, enrich, fancify, fine-tune, fix, fructify, furbish up, help, help, hone, iron out, lift, make pure, mend, palliate, perfect, polish, prettify, purify, put right, raise, refine, reform, reform, regenerate, relieve, repair, restore, revitalize, straighten out, sublimate, touch on, turn around, upgrade, upgrade


Causeameliorate, better, improve, meliorate


Verb groupameliorate, better, improve, meliorate


Antonymsaggravate, exacerbate, worsen, exasperate

3. better (change) get better


SamplesThe weather improved toward evening.


Synonymsameliorate, improve, meliorate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)bounce back, convalesce, fructify, get over, get well, heal, heal, mend, pick up, recover, recuperate, reform, see the light, straighten out, surge, turn around, upgrade


Verb groupameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate


Antonymsdecline, worsen









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