- The definition of better is superior or of high quality.
An example of better is an essay that outshines the rest.
- Better means to a greater degree, or more appropriate.
An example of better is a pair of boots verses sneakers for walking in the rain.
- Better is defined as the person in authority, or the thing that is more preferable.
- An example of better is headmaster of a private school.
- An example of better is the college choice that provides the most for the individual.
- Better is to make something more acceptable.
An example of better is to make a recipe even more tasty.
- compar. of good
- of a more excellent sort; surpassing another or others
- more suitable, more desirable, more favorable, more profitable, etc.
- being more than half; larger: it cost the better part of her pay
- improved in health or disposition
Origin of betterMiddle English bettere, betere ; from Old English betera: see best
- in a more excellent manner; in a more suitable way
- in a higher degree; to a greater extent
- more: it took better than an hour
- Informal had better (see phrase below): you better behave yourself
- a person superior in authority, position, etc.: obey your betters
- the thing, circumstance, action, etc. that is more excellent, more suitable, etc.
- advantage: to get the better of a rival
- to outdo; surpass
- to make better; improve
- in a better situation or condition
- having more income, wealth, etc.
for the better
get the better ofor have the better of
- to outdo
- to outwit
adjectiveComparative of good.
- Greater in excellence or higher in quality.
- More useful, suitable, or desirable: found a better way to go; a suit with a better fit than that one.
- More highly skilled or adept: I am better at math than English.
- Greater or larger: argued for the better part of an hour.
- More advantageous or favorable; improved: a better chance of success.
- Healthier or more fit than before: The patient is better today.
adverbComparative of well2.
- In a more excellent way.
- a. To a greater extent or degree: better suited to the job; likes it better without sauce.
- More: It took me better than a year to recover.
- One that is greater in excellence or higher in quality.
- often betters A superior, as in standing, competence, or intelligence: to learn from one's betters.
verbbet·tered, bet·ter·ing, bet·ters
- To make better; improve: trying to better conditions in the prison; bettered myself by changing jobs.
- To surpass or exceed: practiced so he could better his rival.
Origin of betterMiddle English, from Old English betera; see bhad- in Indo-European roots.
- better than nothing
- better the devil you know
(third-person singular simple present betters, present participle bettering, simple past and past participle bettered)
- To improve.
- (intransitive) To become better; to improve.
- To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
- To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
- (slang) Had better.
- You better do that if you know what's good for you.
From Middle English better, bettre, betre, from Old English betera (“better”), from Proto-Germanic *batizô (“better”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhAd- (“good”). Cognate with Sanskrit भद्र (bhadrá, “blessed, fortunate, happy, good”). For Germanic cognates: see Proto-Germanic *batizô. Verb is from Middle English beteren, from Old English beterian (“to make better, improve”). Related to best. Compare also Icelandic batna (“to improve”), Icelandic bót (“improvement”). More at batten, boot.
- Alternative spelling of bettor.
Variant of good
- suitable to a purpose; effective; efficient: a lamp good to read by
- producing favorable results; beneficial; salutary: good exercise for the legs
- in accord with prevailing usage: good English
- clever or witty: a good quip
- excellent of its kind: a good novel
- best or considered best: her good china
- virtuous; honest; just
- pious; devout
- kind, benevolent, generous, sympathetic, etc.
- well-behaved; dutiful
- proper; becoming; correct: good manners
- socially acceptable: a good family
- to a considerable amount, extent, or degree: a good many, a good beating at least; full: we waited a good six hours
Origin of goodMiddle English gode ; from Old English gōd, akin to German gut ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghedh-, to unite, be associated, suitable from source gather
- that which is morally right
- worth; virtue; merit: the good in a man
- something contributing to health, welfare, happiness, etc.; benefit; advantage: the greatest good of the greatest number
- something desirable or desired
as good as
come to no good
for good (and all)
- able to survive, endure, or be used for (a specified period of time)
- worth: a coupon good for 10¢
- able to pay, repay, or give
- sure to result in: good for a laugh
- ☆ used to express approval: good for you!
- those who are good
- what is morally good
to the good