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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 ofgood: 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 ofwell: 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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"better" in British English

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betteradjective

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 book 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).
A1 If you are or get better after an illness or injury, you are healthy again: I hope you get better soon.
get better
to improve: After the ceasefire, the situation in the capital got better. She's getting much better at pronouncing English words.

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betteradverb

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. They did much better (= were more successful) in the second half of the game. 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.
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.
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?
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.
sb would do better UK
it would be wiser: You would do better to bring the plants inside when the weather gets colder.

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betternoun

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.
[U] behaviour, work, or treatment that is more suitable, pleasing, or satisfactory: You shouldn't be so mean to your mother - she deserves better. I didn't think he would go out without telling me - I expected better of him.
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.

betterverb [T]

uk   /ˈbet.ər/ us   /ˈbet̬.ɚ/
(Definition of better from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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