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better

adjective  /ˈbet̬·ər/ us  

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.

better

adverb  /ˈbet̬·ər/ us  

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.

better

verb [T]  /ˈbet̬·ər/ fml us  

better verb [T] (IMPROVE)

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

better

noun [U]  /ˈbet̬·ər/ us  

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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