Trying to better conditions in the prison; bettered myself by changing jobs.
It took better than an hour.
It cost the better part of her pay.
Obey your betters.
It took me better than a year to recover.
A better chance of success.
Better suited to the job; likes it better without sauce.
A deed better left undone.
You better do that if you know what's good for you.
Found a better way to go; a suit with a better fit than that one.
The patient is better today.
To learn from one's betters.
To get the better of a rival.
An example of better is an essay that outshines the rest.
An example of better is a pair of boots verses sneakers for walking in the rain.
An example of better is to make a recipe even more tasty.
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.
I am better at math than English.
Argued for the better part of an hour.
Practiced so he could better his rival.
Ten miles and better.
Conditions bettered with time.
- 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.
- Resulting in or aiming at an improvement:Her condition took a turn for the better.
- To outdo or outwit; defeat.
- 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.
- in a better situation or condition
- having more income, wealth, etc.
- to a better or improved condition
- to outdo
- to outwit
- ought to; would be prudent or wise to
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of better
- Middle English from Old English betera bhad- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.