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bet·ter 1

(bĕt′ər)
adj. Comparative of good.
1. Greater in excellence or higher in quality: Which of the twins is the better skater?
2. More useful, suitable, or desirable: found a better way to go; a suit with a better fit than that one.
3. More highly skilled or adept: I am better at math than English.
4. Greater or larger: argued for the better part of an hour.
5. More advantageous or favorable; improved: a better chance of success.
6. Healthier, more fit, or in less discomfort than before: The patient is better today.
adv. Comparative of well2.
1. In a more excellent way: He sings better than his father.
2.
a. To a greater extent or degree: better suited to the job; likes it better without sauce.
b. To greater advantage; preferably: a deed better left undone. See Usage Notes at best, have, rather.
3. More: It took me better than a year to recover.
n.
1. One that is greater in excellence or higher in quality.
2. often betters A superior, as in standing, competence, or intelligence: to learn from one's betters.
v. bet·tered, bet·ter·ing, bet·ters
v. tr.
1. To make better; improve: trying to better conditions in the prison; bettered myself by changing jobs.
2. To surpass or exceed: practiced so he could better his rival.
v. intr.
To become better: Conditions bettered with time.
Idioms:
better off
In a better or more prosperous condition: would be better off taking the train instead of driving; felt better off after the rise in stock prices.
for the better
Resulting in or aiming at an improvement: Her condition took a turn for the better.
get (or have) the better of
To outdo or outwit; defeat.
think better of
To change one's mind about (a course of action) after reconsideration: I almost bought an expensive watch, but then I thought better of it.

[Middle English, from Old English betera; see bhad- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

bet·ter 2

 (bĕt′ər)
n.
Variant of bettor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.better off - in a more fortunate or prosperous conditionbetter off - in a more fortunate or prosperous condition; "she would have been better off if she had stuck with teaching"; "is better off than his classmate"
fortunate - having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice"
Translations
أيْسَرُ حالا، أكْثَرُ غِنى
bohatšína tom lépe
bedre stillet
jobban jár v. él
betur settur
na tom lepšie
hâli vakti yerinde

better

(ˈbetə) adjective
1. good to a greater extent. His new car is better than his old one.
2. stronger in health; recovered (from an illness). I feel better today; She's better now.
3. preferable. Better to do it now than later.
adverb
well to a greater extent. He sings better now than he did before.
pronoun
someone or something which is good to a greater extent than the other (of two people or things). He's the better of the two.
verb
to improve (on). He's bettered all previous records; The situation has bettered a little.
better off
richer; happier in some way. He'd be better off working as a miner; You'd be better off without him.
the better part of
most of. He talked for the better part of an hour.
get the better of
to overcome; to win (against). He got the better of his opponent / the argument.

He is better today (not He is more better). He is much better is correct.
You had better come / You'd better come (not You better come).
References in classic literature ?
I find myself, even as I am, better off than the Elephant.
And yet," he added, "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them.
Then, seeing that Marilla looked shocked, she added passionately, "Why should she be born at all--why should any one be born at all--if she's better off dead?
True," said the clerk, shrugging his shoulders; "and yet you are the better off.
I don't see that I should be any better off than I am now.
The buyers and sellers, too, many of them, looked not much better off than the poor beasts they were bargaining about.
We'd all be much better off if it had never been invented.
Bennet, shaking her head, "then she is better off than many girls.
She could not at first tell why she felt sad, but she became conscious at last of great longing to go home; then she knew she was homesick, although she was a thousand times better off with Mother Holle than with her mother and sister.
You may be better off than we others," said Pierre.
She would not have done so, he knew, had her conscience protested; but she probably shared the family view that Madame Olenska would be better off as an unhappy wife than as a separated one, and that there was no use in discussing the case with Newland, who had an awkward way of suddenly not seeming to take the most fundamental things for granted.
We might as well trust him, and if he proves true, as I believe he will, we'll be so much better off.