Definitions for (noun) better

Main entry: better

Definition: something superior in quality or condition or effect

Usage: a change for the better


Main entry: better

Definition: the superior one of two alternatives

Usage: chose the better of the two


Main entry: better

Definition: a superior person having claim to precedence

Usage: the common man has been kept in his place by his betters


Main entry: better, bettor, punter, wagerer

Definition: someone who bets

Definitions for (verb) better

Main entry: meliorate, better, ameliorate, improve

Definition: get better

Usage: The weather improved toward evening


Main entry: meliorate, improve, ameliorate, amend, better

Definition: to make better

Usage: The editor improved the manuscript with his changes


Main entry: better, break

Definition: surpass in excellence

Usage: She bettered her own record; break a record

Definitions for (adjective) better

Main entry: best, better

Definition: (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable

Usage: it would be better to speak to him; the White House thought it best not to respond


Main entry: better

Definition: (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

Usage: You'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


Main entry: better

Definition: (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness

Usage: her health is better now; I feel better


Main entry: better

Definition: more than half

Usage: argued for the better part of an hour

Definitions for (adverb) better

Main entry: better

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

Usage: She had never sung better; a deed better left undone; better suited to the job


Main entry: best, better

Definition: from a position of superiority or authority

Usage: father knows best; I know better.