better




Something better is improved — like when a more advanced computer comes out, or you feel better after a cold.

When we talk about things being better, we’re comparing in a favorable way. A great movie is better than a good or awful movie. With practice, you will get better at a sport or a subject like math. Doctors help patients feel better, and mechanics make a car run better. If 51% or more of the people voted for you, then you had the support of better than half the people. When things are getting better, they’re improving.

Definitions of better
  1. adjective

    (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

    “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”
    Synonyms:

    amended

    modified for the better
    finer

    (comparative of `fine’) greater in quality or excellence
    improved

    become or made better in quality
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    worse

    (comparative of `bad’) inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability
    worsened

    made or become worse; impaired
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  2. adjective

    (comparative of `good’) changed for the better in health or fitness

    “her health is
    better now”
    “I feel
    better
    Synonyms:

    fitter, healthier

    improved in health or physical condition
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    Antonyms:

    worse, worsened

    changed for the worse in health or fitness

  3. adjective

    (comparative and superlative of `well’) wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable

    “it would be
    better to speak to him”
    synonyms:
    best

    advisable

    worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise
  4. adverb

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

    “She had never sung
    better
    “a deed
    better left undone”
    better suited to the job”

  5. adverb

    from a position of superiority or authority

    “I know
    better.”
    synonyms:
    best

  6. noun

    something superior in quality or condition or effect

    “a change for the
    better
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    good, goodness

    that which is pleasing or valuable or useful

  7. noun

    the superior one of two alternatives

    “chose the
    better of the two”
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    type of:

    good, goodness

    that which is pleasing or valuable or useful

  8. noun

    a superior person having claim to precedence

    “the common man has been kept in his place by his
    betters
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    type of:

    higher-up, superior, superordinate

    one of greater rank or station or quality

  9. verb

    surpass in excellence

    “She
    bettered her own record”
    synonyms:
    break
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    exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass

    be or do something to a greater degree

  10. verb

    to make better

    synonyms:
    ameliorate, amend, improve, meliorate

    ameliorate, improve, meliorate

    get better
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    aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate, worsen

    make worse
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    alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve

    provide physical relief, as from pain
    aid, help

    improve the condition of
    regenerate, revitalize

    restore strength
    enrich

    make better or improve in quality
    build up, develop

    change the use of and make available or usable
    turn around

    improve dramatically
    help

    improve; change for the better
    upgrade

    improve what was old or outdated
    condition

    put into a better state
    emend

    make improvements or corrections to
    iron out, put right, straighten out

    settle or put right
    enhance

    make better or more attractive
    bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on

    restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
    reform

    make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
    reform

    improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

    make more beautiful
    build

    improve the cleansing action of
    hone, perfect

    refine or make more perfect or effective
    down, fine-tune, polish, refine

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
    distill, make pure, purify, sublimate

    remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
    fructify

    make productive or fruitful
    lift, raise

    invigorate or heighten
    advance

    develop further
    upgrade

    give better travel conditions to
    educate

    give an education to
    groom, neaten

    care for one’s external appearance
    curry, dress, groom

    give a neat appearance to
    soothe

    cause to feel better
    bring around, cure, heal

    provide a cure for, make healthy again
    comfort, ease

    lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate
    redevelop

    change the plans for the use of (land)
    fill out, round out

    make bigger or better or more complete
    optimise, optimize

    make optimal; get the most out of; use best
    choke, throttle

    reduce the air supply
    recondition

    bring into an improved condition
    follow up

    increase the effectiveness or success of by further action
    retouch, touch up

    alter so as to produce a more desirable appearance
    rejuvenate

    make younger or more youthful
    fiddle, tinker

    try to fix or mend
    fill

    plug with a substance
    patch, piece

    repair by adding pieces
    cobble

    repair or mend
    point, repoint

    repair the joints of bricks
    trouble-shoot, troubleshoot

    solve problems
    patch, patch up

    mend by putting a patch on
    dress up, window-dress

    make something appear superficially attractive
    slick up, smarten up, spiff up, spruce, spruce up, titivate, tittivate

    make neat, smart, or trim
    brush up, burnish, polish, polish up, round, round off

    bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
    over-refine, overrefine

    refine too much or with excess of subtlety
    rectify, refine

    reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
    purge

    rid of impurities
    feed, fertilise, fertilize

    provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to
    resole, sole

    put a new sole on
    revamp, vamp

    provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
    heel, reheel

    put a new heel on
    settle

    establish or develop as a residence
    polish, shine, smooth, smoothen

    make (a surface) shine
    darn

    repair by sewing
    benefit, do good

    be beneficial for
    socialise, socialize

    train for a social environment
    groom, prepare, train

    educate for a future role or function
    co-educate, coeducate

    educate persons of both sexes together
    school

    educate in or as if in a school
    civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, school, train

    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
    become, suit

    enhance the appearance of
    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

  11. verb

    get better

    synonyms:
    ameliorate, improve, meliorate

    ameliorate, amend, improve, meliorate

    make better
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    decline, worsen

    grow worse
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    convalesce, recover, recuperate

    get over an illness or shock
    heal

    get healthy again
    reform, see the light, straighten out

    change for the better
    surge

    see one’s performance improve
    pick up, turn around

    improve significantly; go from bad to good
    bounce back, get over, get well

    improve in health
    heal, mend

    heal or recover
    fructify

    become productive or fruitful
    upgrade

    get better travel conditions
    gain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up, pick up

    gain or regain energy
    snap back

    recover quickly
    scab

    form a scab
    skin over

    grow new skin over an injury
    granulate

    form granulating tissue
    type of:

    change state, turn

    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

  12. adjective

    more than half

    “argued for the
    better part of an hour”
    Synonyms:

    major

    greater in number or size or amount
  13. noun

    someone who bets

    synonyms:
    bettor, punter, wagerer
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    types:

    taker

    one who takes a bet or wager
    caller

    the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
    type of:

    gambler

    a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events

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