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adjective     /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
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