from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Greater in excellence or higher in quality.
- adj. More useful, suitable, or desirable: found a better way to go; a suit with a better fit than that one.
- adj. More highly skilled or adept: I am better at math than English.
- adj. Greater or larger: argued for the better part of an hour.
- adj. More advantageous or favorable; improved: a better chance of success.
- adj. Healthier or more fit than before: The patient is better today.
- adv. In a more excellent way.
- adv. To a greater extent or degree: better suited to the job; likes it better without sauce.
- adv. To greater advantage; preferably: a deed better left undone. See Usage Notes at best, have, rather.
- adv. More: It took me better than a year to recover.
- n. One that is greater in excellence or higher in quality.
- n. A superior, as in standing, competence, or intelligence. Usually used in the plural: to learn from one's betters.
- transitive v. To make better; improve: trying to better conditions in the prison; bettered myself by changing jobs. See Synonyms at improve.
- transitive v. To surpass or exceed.
- intransitive v. To become better.
- idiom better off In a better or more prosperous condition: would be better off taking the train instead of driving; felt better off after the rise in stock prices.
- idiom for the better Resulting in or aiming at an improvement: Her condition took a turn for the better.
- idiom get To outdo or outwit; defeat.
- idiom think better of To change one's mind about (a course of action) after reconsideration: I almost bought an expensive watch, but then I thought better of it.
- n. Variant of bettor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. comparative form of good or well: more good or well
- adv. comparative form of well: more well
- v. To improve.
- v. Had better.
- n. An entity, usually animate, deemed superior to another.
- n. Alternative spelling of bettor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- In a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success.
- More correctly or thoroughly.
- In a higher or greater degree; more.
- More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc..
- adj. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another.
- adj. Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.
- adj. Greater in amount; larger; more.
- adj. Improved in health; less affected with disease.
- adj. More advanced; more perfect.
- n. Advantage, superiority, or victory; -- usually with of.
- n. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; -- usually in the plural.
- n. One who bets or lays a wager.
- intransitive v. To become better; to improve.
- transitive v. To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of.
- transitive v. To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise.
- transitive v. To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
- transitive v. To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- As comparative of good: Of superior quality or excellence, whether personal, physical, mental, moral, or social, essential or acquired: as, he is a better man than his brother; better times are at hand; a better position.
- Of superior value, use, fitness, acceptableness, etc.; more profitable or suitable for a purpose; more useful, eligible, or desirable: as, copper is a better conductor than iron.
- Larger; greater: as, the better part of a day was spent in shopping.
- As comparative of well: More in accordance with one's wish or desire; more satisfactory.
- More healthy; having sounder health.
- More just, right, or proper.
- To be quite well again; be fully recovered.
- n. That which has superior excellence; that which is better.
- n. A superior; one who has a claim to precedence on account of rank, age, merit, skill, power, or office: as, give place to your betters.
- n. Advantage; superiority; victory: chiefly in the phrases to get, gain, or have the better of (a person or thing).
- In a more excellent way or manner: as, to behave better; the land is better cultivated and the government better administered.
- In a superior degree: as, to know a man better than some one else knows him.
- More, without any idea of superior excellence: as, it is better than a mile to the town.
- To make better; improve; ameliorate; increase the good qualities of; as, manure betters land; discipline may better the morals.
- To improve upon; surpass; exceed; outdo.
- To advance the interest of; support; give advantage to.
- Synonyms Amend, Improve, Better, etc. (see amend), meliorate, promote.
- To grow better; become better; improve: as, his condition is bettering.
- n. One who lays bets or wagers. Also bettor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
- adv. from a position of superiority or authority
- n. the superior one of two alternatives
- v. to make better
- v. surpass in excellence
- adj. (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
- n. something superior in quality or condition or effect
- n. someone who bets
- adj. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
- adj. more than half
- v. get better
- n. a superior person having claim to precedence
- adv. comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.
We would do better to say: _more_ is often _better_ , but _most_ is rarely _best_ , especially if we fail to measure everything together, tangible and intangible alike.
Popper held, that even if a theory t2 with a higher content than a rival theory t1 is subsequently falsified, it can still legitimately be regarded as a better theory than t1, and ˜better™ is here now understood to mean t2 is closer to the truth than t1.
Most of the contemporary "political poetry" I've read remain mired in authorial biography (granted, it could be a function of my reading habit) -- they were writ primarily to make the authors feel better (by *feel better*, it includes ranting against abuse).
People are better than their creeds, and, it should seem, sometimes _better_ than _their_ principles.
Were they, after all, with all their muddy color and uncertain composition, better -- actually _better_, in the fundamentals that count, than those two glorified forms that ruled the room?
The idealists planned and strove and shouted that their city should become a better, better, and better cityand what they meant, when they used the word better, was more prosperous, and the core of their idealism was this: The more prosperous my beloved city, the more prosperous beloved I!
Bright knew his Englishmen better than Lowell did, better than England did.
First, _Know what you want to say_; second, _Say it_; third, _Use your own language_; fourth, _Leave out all the fine passages_; fifth, _A short word is better than a long one_; sixth, _The fewer words, other things being equal, the better_; finally, _Cut it to pieces_.
"You were Peter Grimm," she said, "before you knew better" -- that's what _they_ call leaving _this_ world -- "_to know better_."
Some people are too late for everything but ruin; when a nobleman apologized to George III. for being late, and said, "better late than never," the king replied, "No, I say, _better never than late_."