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betteradjective

 us   /ˈbet̬·ər/

better adjective (HIGHER STANDARD)

of a higher standard, or more suitable, pleasing, or effective than other things or people; comparative of good : He sat near the front to get a better view. Relations between the two countries have never been better. She is much better at tennis than I am. Better can also be used as the comparative to form adjectives beginning with good: She’s good-looking, and her brother is even better-looking.

betteradverb

 us   /ˈbet̬·ər/

better adverb (GREATER DEGREE)

to a greater degree, or in a more suitable, pleasing, or satisfactory way; comparative of well : The next time he took the test, he was better prepared. I like this jacket much better than the brown one. She knows her way around the college better than I do. She did much better (= She was more successful) in the second part of the exam. If you are or get better after an illness or injury, you are healthy and no longer ill.

betterverb [T]

 us   /ˈbet̬·ər/ fml

better verb [T] (IMPROVE)

to improve a situation, condition, or person: The organization was established to better conditions for the disabled.

betternoun [U]

 us   /ˈbet̬·ər/

better noun [U] (IMPROVEMENT)

used in comparisons to show that a condition is improved: The cleaner the glass is, the better you can see.
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