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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


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.



Domain usagecomparative, comparative degree

Antonymsinadvisable, unadvisable

4. better more than half

SamplesArgued for the better part of an hour.



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..


English verb: better

1. better (competition) surpass in excellence

SamplesShe bettered her own record.
Break a record.


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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