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  1. bet·ter
    IPA[ˈbedər]
  2. adjective

    • 1. of a more excellent or effective type or quality:

      hoping for better weather the new facilities were far better I'm better at algebra than Alice
      Synonym : superior, finer, of higher quality, greater, in a different class, one step ahead, more acceptable, preferable, recommended, a cut above, streets ahead, head and shoulders above, ahead of the pack/field
    • 2. more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised:

      there couldn't be a better time to start this job it might be better to borrow the money
      Synonym : more advantageous, more suitable, more fitting, more appropriate, more useful, more valuable, more desirable
    • 3. partly or fully recovered from illness, injury, or mental stress; less unwell:

      his leg was getting better she's much better today we'll feel a lot better after a decent night's sleep
      Synonym : healthier, fitter, stronger, less ill, well, cured, healed, recovered, convalescent, recovering, on the road to recovery, making progress, progressing, improving, on the mend, looking up

    adverb

    • 1. more excellently or effectively:

      Johnny could do better if he tried instruments are generally better made these days
      Synonym : to a higher standard, in a superior/finer way
    • 2. to a greater degree; more:

      I liked it better when we lived in the country you may find alternatives that suit you better
      Synonym : more, to a greater degree
    • 3. more suitably, appropriately, or usefully:

      the money could be better spent on more urgent cases
      Synonym : more wisely, more sensibly, more suitably, more fittingly, more advantageously

    noun

    • 1. the better one; that which is better:

      the Natural History Museum book is by far the better of the two a change for the better
    • 2. one's superiors in social class or ability:

      I'm not one to speak ill of my betters educating the young to respect their elders and betters

    verb

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: better, plural noun: betters

    • noun

      variant spelling of bettor
    • adjective

      more desirable, satisfactory, or effective:

      more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised:

    • adverb

      more excellently or effectively:

      to a greater degree; more (used in connection with success or with desirable actions or conditions):

    • noun

      the better one; that which is better:

      one's superiors in social class or ability:

    • noun

      variant spelling of bettor
    • adverb

      in a good or satisfactory way:

      in a way that is appropriate to the facts or circumstances:

    • adjective

      in good health; free or recovered from illness:

      in a satisfactory state or position:

    • exclamation

      used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief:

      used when pausing to consider one's next words:

    • noun

      a shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil, or gas.

      a water spring or fountain.

    • verb

      (of a liquid) rise to the surface and spill or be about to spill:

      (of an emotion) arise and become more intense:

    • adjective

      of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality:

      most enjoyable:

    • adverb

      to the highest degree; most:

      most excellently or effectively:

    • noun

      that which is the most excellent, outstanding, or desirable:

      the most meritorious aspect of a thing or person:

    • adverb

      in a good or satisfactory way:

      in a way that is appropriate to the facts or circumstances:

    • adjective

      in good health; free or recovered from illness:

      in a satisfactory state or position:

    • exclamation

      used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief:

      used when pausing to consider one's next words, to mark the resumption or end of a conversation, etc.:

    • adjective

      of the most excellent or desirable type or quality:

      most enjoyable:

    • adverb

      to the highest degree; most (used with verbs suggesting a desirable action or state or a successful outcome):

      to the highest standard:

    • noun

      that which is the most excellent, outstanding, or desirable:

      the finest aspect of a person or thing:

    • noun

      a shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil, or gas.

      a water spring or fountain.

    • verb

      (of a liquid) rise up to the surface and spill or be about to spill:

      (of an emotion) develop and become more intense:

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