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Definition 1: something superior in quality or condition or effect - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a change for the better

(better is a kind of ...) that which is pleasing or valuable or useful

"weigh the good against the bad" "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"

Definition 2: the superior one of two alternatives - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • chose the better of the two

(better is a kind of ...) that which is pleasing or valuable or useful

"weigh the good against the bad" "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"

Definition 3: someone who bets - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for better in the sense of this definition

(better is a kind of ...) a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events

(... is a kind of better ) one who takes a bet or wager

(... is a kind of better ) the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands

Definition 4: a superior person having claim to precedence - [noun denoting person]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the common man has been kept in his place by his betters

(better is a kind of ...) one of greater rank or station or quality

Definition 5: get better - [verb of change]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The weather improved toward evening

Synonyms for better in the sense of this definition

(better is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(... is a kind of better ) get over an illness or shock

"The patient is recuperating"

(... is a kind of better ) become productive or fruitful

"The seeds fructified"

(... is a kind of better ) heal or recover

"My broken leg is mending"

(... is a kind of better ) improve in health

"He got well fast"

(... is a kind of better ) improve significantly; go from bad to good

"Her performance in school picked up"

(... is a kind of better ) see one's performance improve

"He levelled the score and then surged ahead"

(... is a kind of better ) change for the better

"The lazy student promised to reform" "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"

(... is a kind of better ) get healthy again

"The wound is healing slowly"

(... is a kind of better ) get better travel conditions

"I upgraded to First Class when Coach Class was overbooked"

(better has a similar meaning as ...) to make better

"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

Definition 6: to make better - [verb of change]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The editor improved the manuscript with his changes

Synonyms for better in the sense of this definition

(better is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of better ) provide physical relief, as from pain

"This pill will relieve your headaches"

(... is a kind of better ) make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices

"reform a political system"

(... is a kind of better ) improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition

"reform the health system in this country"

(... is a kind of better ) make more beautiful

(... is a kind of better ) improve the cleansing action of

"build detergents"

(... is a kind of better ) make perfect or complete

"perfect your French in Paris!"

(... is a kind of better ) improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

"refine one's style of writing"

(... is a kind of better ) remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation

"purify the water"

(... is a kind of better ) make productive or fruitful

"The earth that he fructified"

(... is a kind of better ) invigorate or heighten

"lift my spirits" "lift his ego"

(... is a kind of better ) develop further

"We are advancing technology every day"

(... is a kind of better ) give better travel conditions to

"The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full"

(... is a kind of better ) restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

"She repaired her TV set" "Repair my shoes please"

(... is a kind of better ) make better or more attractive

"This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat"

(... is a kind of better ) settle or put right

"we need to iron out our disagreements"

(... is a kind of better ) improve the condition of

"These pills will help the patient"

(... is a kind of better ) restore strength

"This food revitalized the patient"

(... is a kind of better ) make better or improve in quality

"The experience enriched her understanding" "enriched foods"

(... is a kind of better ) change the use of and make available or usable

"develop land" "The country developed its natural resources" "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"

(... is a kind of better ) give an education to

"We must educate our youngsters better"

(... is a kind of better ) improve dramatically

"The new strategy turned around sales" "The tutor turned around my son's performance in math"

(... is a kind of better ) improve; change for the better

"New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"

(... is a kind of better ) to improve what was old or outdated

"I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software" "The company upgraded their personnel"

(... is a kind of better ) put into a better state

"he conditions old cars"

(... is a kind of better ) make improvements or corrections to

"the text was emended in the second edition"

(better has a similar meaning as ...) get better

"The weather improved toward evening"

Definition 7: surpass in excellence - [verb of competition]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She bettered her own record
  • break a record

Synonyms for better in the sense of this definition

(better is a kind of ...) be or do something to a greater degree

"her performance surpasses that of any other student I know" "She outdoes all other athletes" "This exceeds all my expectations" "This car outperforms all others in its class"

Definition 8: (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 - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(better is similar to ...) modified for the better

"his amended ways"

(better is similar to ...) (comparative of `fine') greater in quality or excellence

"a finer wine" "a finer musician"

(better is similar to ...) become or made better in quality

"was proud of his improved grades" "an improved viewfinder"

(better is used in the usage domain ...) the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

"`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'" "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'" "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"

Definition 9: (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her health is better now
  • I feel better

(better is similar to ...) improved in health or physical condition

(better is used in the usage domain ...) the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

"`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'" "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'" "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"

Definition 10: comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc. - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Definition 11: from a position of superiority or authority - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • father knows best
  • I know better.

Synonyms for better in the sense of this definition

Definition 12: (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it would be better to speak to him
  • the White House thought it best not to respond

Synonyms for better in the sense of this definition

(better is similar to ...) worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise

"such action is neither necessary nor advisable" "extreme caution is advisable" "it is advisable to telephone first"

(better is used in the usage domain ...) the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

"`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'" "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'" "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"

Definition 13: more than half - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where better or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • argued for the better part of an hour

(better is similar to ...) greater in number or size or amount

"a major portion (a majority) of the population" "Ursa Major" "a major portion of the winnings"

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