HyperDic: better

English > 13 senses of the word better:
ADJECTIVEallbetter(comparative of 'good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability
allbetter(comparative of 'good') changed for the better in health or fitness
allbetter, best(comparative and superlative of 'well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
allbettermore than half
ADVERBallbettercomparative of 'well'
allbetter, bestfrom a position of superiority or authority
NOUNattributebettersomething superior in quality or condition or effect
person better, bettor, wagerer, puntersomeone who bets
person bettera superior person having claim to precedence
attributebetterthe superior one of two alternatives
VERBcompetitionbetter, breaksurpass in excellence
changebetter, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateto make better
changebetter, improve, ameliorate, meliorateget better
better > pronunciation
Soundsbeh'ter
Rhymesabductor ... zoster: 649 rhymes with ter...
English > better: 13 senses > adjective 1
Meaning(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.
Examples
  • "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"
Narroweramendedmodified for the better
finer(comparative of 'fine') greater in quality or excellence
improvedBecome or made better in quality
See alsogoodHaving desirable / desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
Oppositeworse(comparative of 'bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability
Usage ofcomparative, comparative degreeThe comparative form of an adjective or adverb
Spanishincrementado, mejor, realzado
Catalanmillor
English > better: 13 senses > adjective 2
Meaning(comparative of 'good') changed for the better in health or fitness.
Examples
  • "her health is better now"
  • "I feel better"
Narrowerfitter, healthierimproved in health or physical condition
Oppositeworse, worsenedchanged for the worse in health or fitness
Usage ofcomparative, comparative degreeThe comparative form of an adjective or adverb
Spanishmejor
English > better: 13 senses > adjective 3
Meaning(comparative and superlative of 'well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable.
Example"it would be better to speak to him"
Synonymbest
Broaderadvisableworthy of being recommended or suggested
Usage ofcomparative, comparative degreeThe comparative form of an adjective or adverb
English > better: 13 senses > adjective 4
MeaningMore than half.
Example"argued for the better part of an hour"
BroadermajorGreater in number or size or amount
English > better: 13 senses > noun 1, attribute
MeaningSomething superior in quality or condition or effect.
Example"a change for the better"
Broadergood, goodnessThat which is pleasing or valuable or useful / useful
English > better: 13 senses > noun 2, person
Meaningsomeone who bets.
Synonymsbettor, wagerer, punter
NarrowercallerThe bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
takerOne who takes a bet or wager
BroadergamblerA person who wagers money on the outcome of games / games / games or sporting events
Spanishapostador, apostante, jugador
Verbsbetstake on the outcome of an issue
English > better: 13 senses > noun 3, person
MeaningA superior person having claim to precedence.
Example"the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"
Broadersuperior, higher-up, superordinateOne of greater rank or station or quality
English > better: 13 senses > noun 4, attribute
MeaningThe superior one of two alternatives.
Example"chose the better of the two"
Broadergood, goodnessThat which is pleasing or valuable or useful / useful
Spanishmejor
Verbsbetterget better
betterto make better
bettersurpass in excellence
English > better: 13 senses > adverb 1
MeaningComparative of 'well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc..
Examples
  • "She had never sung better"
  • "a deed better left undone"
  • "better suited to the job"
Spanishmejor
English > better: 13 senses > adverb 2
MeaningFrom a position of superiority or authority.
Example "I know better."
Synonymbest
Spanishlo mejor, mejor
English > better: 13 senses > verb 1, competition
MeaningSurpass in excellence.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"She bettered her own record"
Synonymbreak
Broadersurpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperformBe or do something to a greater degree
Spanishmejorar, perfeccionar, superar
Nounsbetterthe superior one of two alternatives
English > better: 13 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningTo make better.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymsimprove, amend, ameliorate, meliorate
Cause tobetter, improve, ameliorate, meliorateGet better
NarroweradvanceDevelop further
buildimprove the cleansing action of
build up, developchange the use of and make available or usable
conditionput into a better state
educateGive an education to
emendmake improvements or corrections to
enhancemake better or more attractive
enrichmake better or improve in quality
fancify, beautify, embellish, prettifymake more beautiful
fructifymake productive or fruitful
help, aidimprove the condition of
helpimprove
iron out, straighten out, put rightSettle or put right
perfect, honemake perfect or complete
polish, refine, fine-tune, downimprove or perfect by pruning or polishing
purify, sublimate, make pure, distillRemove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
raise, liftinvigorate or heighten
reformmake changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
reformimprove by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
regenerate, revitalizerestore strength
relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuageProvide physical relief, as from pain
repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch onrestore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn / torn or broken
turn aroundImprove dramatically
upgradeTo improve what was old or outdated
upgradeGive better travel conditions to
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Oppositeworsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperatemake worse
Similar tobetter, improve, ameliorate, meliorateGet better
Spanishameliorar, arreglar, corregir, enriquecer, mejorar, perfeccionar
Catalanmillorar
Nounsbetterthe superior one of two alternatives
bettermentthe act of relieving ills and changing for the better
English > better: 13 senses > verb 3, change
MeaningGet better.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Synonymsimprove, ameliorate, meliorate
Caused bybetter, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateTo make better
NarrowerfructifyBecome productive or fruitful
get well, get over, bounce backimprove in health
healGet healthy again
mend, healheal or recover
recuperate, recover, convalesceget over an illness or shock
reform, straighten out, see the lightchange for the better
surgeSee one's performance improve
turn around, pick upImprove significantly
upgradeGet better travel conditions
Broaderchange state, turnUndergo a transformation or a change of position or action
Oppositeworsen, declineGrow worse
Similar tobetter, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateTo make better
Spanishadelantar, ganar, mejorar, progresar
Catalanavançar, guanyar, millorar, progressar
Nounsbetterthe superior one of two alternatives
bettermenta change for the better

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