Better

Definition of Better

Bet´ter
a.1.Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air.
Could make the worse appear
The better reason.
- Milton.
2.Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.
To obey is better than sacrifice.
- 1 Sam. xv. 22.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
- Ps. cxviii. 9.
3.Greater in amount; larger; more.
4.Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better.
5.More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject.
All the better
See under All, adv.
Better half
an expression used to designate one's wife.
My dear, my better half (said he),
I find I must now leave thee.
- Sir P. Sidney.
By all that's holy, he had better starve
Than but once think this place becomes thee not.
- Shak.
n.1.Advantage, superiority, or victory; - usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy.
2.One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; - usually in the plural.
Their betters would hardly be found.
- Hooker.
For the better
in the way of improvement; so as to produce improvement.
- Dryden.
adv.1.In a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success; as, Henry writes better than John; veterans fight better than recruits.
I could have better spared a better man.
- Shak.
2.More correctly or thoroughly.
The better to understand the extent of our knowledge.
- Locke.
3.In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another.
Never was monarch better feared, and loved.
- Shak.
4.More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better.
To think better of
to have a more favorable opinion of any one.
to reconsider and alter one's decision.
v. t.1.To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of.
[imp. & p. p. Bettered ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bettering.]
Love betters what is best.
- Wordsworth.
He thought to better his circumstances.
- Thackeray.
2.To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise.
The constant effort of every man to better himself.
- Macaulay.
3.To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
The works of nature do always aim at that which can not be bettered.
- Hooker.
4.To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
May serve to better us and worse our foes.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To become better; to improve.
n.1.One who bets or lays a wager.

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