Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) something superior in quality or condition or effect
  2. (noun, attribute) the superior one of two alternatives
  3. (noun, person) a superior person having claim to precedence
  4. (noun, person) someone who bets
  5. (verb, change) get better
  6. (verb, change) to make better
  7. (verb, competition) surpass in excellence
    break a record
  8. (adj, all) (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
    the White House thought it best not to respond
  9. (adj, all) (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another
    a better coat
    a better type of car
    a suit with a better fit
    a better chance of success
    produced a better mousetrap
    she's better in math than in history
  10. (adj, all) (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
    I feel better
  11. (adj, all) more than half
  12. (adv, all) comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.
    a deed better left undone
    better suited to the job
  13. (adv, all) from a position of superiority or authority
    I know better.

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Better

worse, worsen

Origin of the word Better

  1. O.E. betera (see best), from P.Gmc. *batizo-, from PIE *bhad- "good." Comparative adj. of good in the older Gmc. languages (cf. O.N. betr, Dan. bedre, Ger. besser, Goth. batiza). Superseded bet in the adverbial sense by 1600. Better half "wife" is first attested 1570s; to get the better of (someone) is from m… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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