Translation of "better" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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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. 为了看得更清楚他尽量靠前站。
Relations between the two countries have never been better. 两国的关系从来没有像现在这么好过。
It's much better to have a small, cosy room than a big, cold one. 拥有一间小而暖的房间要比拥有一间大而冷的房间好得多。
The book was better than I expected. 这部电影比我预料的好。
She is much better at tennis than I am. 她网球打得比我好很多。
It is far (= much) better to save some of your money than to spend it all at once. 把钱存起来一些总比一下子花完要好得多。
Fresh vegetables are better for you (= more beneficial to you) than canned ones. 新鲜蔬菜比罐装蔬菜对健康更有益。
The longer you keep this wine, the better it tastes (= it has a better flavour if you keep it for a long time). 这种酒越陈越香。
The bed was hard, but it was better than nothing (= than not having a bed). 床有点硬,可有总比没有好。

A1 If you are or get better after an illness or injury, you are healthy again.

I hope you get better soon. 希望你早日康复。
get better

to improve

After the ceasefire, the situation in the capital got better. 停火以后,首都的局势有了好转。
She's getting much better at pronouncing English words. 她的英语发音现在好多了。

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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. 第二次考试他准备得更充分。
They did much better (= were more successful) in the second half of the game. 比赛的下半场她的表现要出色得多。
I like this jacket much better than (= I prefer it to) the other one. 比起另一件夹克,我更喜欢这件。
She knows her way around the college better than I do. 她比我更清楚学院附近的路。

to a greater degree, when used as the comparative of adjectives beginning with "good" or "well"

(表示以 good 或 well 开头的形容词的比较级)更,更大程度地
She is better-looking (= more attractive) than her brother. 她比哥哥长得俊。
He is much better known for his poetry than his songwriting. 他作的诗比他写的歌更出名。
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? 你为何不打个电话给她,或者干脆亲自去找她?
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. 你最好在下雨之前赶回家。
He'd better pay me back that money he owes me soon, or else. 他最好赶快把欠我的那笔钱还给我,否则对他不客气。
sb would do better UK

it would be wiser

You would do better to bring the plants inside when the weather gets colder. 天气转冷时你最好把盆栽植物搬进屋里。

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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. 他100米跑了9.91秒,这是我今年见过的最好成绩。

[ U ] behaviour, work, or treatment that is more suitable, pleasing, or satisfactory

You shouldn't be so mean to your mother - she deserves better. 你不应该对你妈妈如此刻薄——她理应得到更好的报答。
I didn't think he would go out without telling me - I expected better of him. 我原以为他不会不跟我说一声就出去的——我对他期望过高了。
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. 孩提时,大人就教导我们不能与长辈和上级争吵。

betterverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbet.ər/ us /ˈbet̬.ɚ/

to improve a situation

The organization was established to better conditions for the disabled. 这一组织是为改善残疾人的生活条件而建立的。
better yourself

to improve your social position, often by getting a better job or education

He tried to better himself by taking evening classes. 他试图通过学习夜校课程来提高自己的文化水平。

(Translation of “better” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)