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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 ?
Nay, sir, I don't see as he'd be much the better off for that.
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?
SOCRATES: Is he not better off in knowing his ignorance?
It will break our hearts to lose you from our lives, but you will be so much better off with your fairy friends that it seems wisest and best for you to go.
And yet," he added, "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them.
I'm sorry to lose Polly," she said; "but I guess she's better off with her father; 'cause even the Land of Oz couldn't be like home to a cloud fairy.
So I left him, saying to myself, as I went away: Well, although I do not suppose that either of us knows anything really beautiful and good, I am better off than he is,-- for he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows; I neither know nor think that I know.
True," said the clerk, shrugging his shoulders; "and yet you are the better off.
You're a deal better off to ha' lost your money, nor to ha' kep it by foul means.
The people who have been better off, and have paid rates for many years, are the first to sink when they come into the house; and let me tell you, Mr.
But supposing, for argument's sake, that we had him arrested tonight, what on earth the better off should we be for that.
I hope Tom's better off where he is," said Sid, "but if he'd been better in some ways --"