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better

adjective uk   /ˈbet.ər/ us    /ˈbet̬.ɚ/
A1 comparative of good: of a higher standard, or more suitable, pleasing, or effective than other things or people: He stood near the front to get a better view. Relations between the two countries have never been better. It's much better to have a small, cosy room than a big, cold one. The film was better than I expected. She is much better at tennis than I am. It is far (= much) better to save some of your money than to spend it all at once. Fresh vegetables are better for you (= more beneficial to you) than canned ones. The longer you keep this wine, the better it tastes (= it has a better flavour if you keep it for a long time). The bed was hard, but it was better than nothing (= than not having a bed).Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good A1 If you are or get better after an illness or injury, you are healthy and no longer ill: I hope you get better soon.Recovering from illness get better to improve: After the ceasefire, the situation in the capital got better. She's getting much better at pronouncing English words.Becoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancing

better

adverb uk   /ˈbet.ər/ us    /ˈbet̬.ɚ/
A2 in a more suitable, pleasing, or satisfactory way, or to a greater degree: The next time he took the test, he was better prepared. She did much better (= was more successful) in the second half of the match. I like this jacket much better than (= I prefer it to) the other one. She knows her way around the college better than I do.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good to a greater degree, when used as the comparative of adjectives beginning with 'good' or 'well': She is better-looking (= more attractive) than her brother. He is much better known for his poetry than his songwriting.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good better still (also even better) used to say that a particular choice would be more satisfactory: Why don't you give her a call or, better still, go and see her?Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good sb would do better UK it would be wiser: You would do better to bring the plants inside when the weather gets colder.Wise and sensible sb had better do sth A2 used to give advice or to make a threat: You'd better (= you should) go home now before the rain starts. He'd better pay me back that money he owes me soon, or else.Giving adviceDangers and threats

better

noun uk   /ˈbet.ər/ us    /ˈbet̬.ɚ/
[U] something that is of a higher standard than something else: He ran the 100 metres in 9.91 seconds, and I have not seen better (= a faster result) this year.Surpassing in quality or number [U] behaviour, work, or treatment that is more suitable, pleasing, or satisfactory: You shouldn't have been so mean to your mother - she deserves better. I didn't think he would go out without telling me - I expected better of him.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good betters [plural] old-fashioned people of a higher rank or social position than you: As children, we were taught not to argue with our elders and betters.Position and status in groups and organizations

better

verb [T] uk   /ˈbet.ər/ us    /ˈbet̬.ɚ/
to improve a situation: The organization was established to better conditions for the disabled.Making things betterBecoming better better yourself to improve your social position, often by getting a better job or education: He tried to better himself by taking evening classes.Making things betterBecoming better
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