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betteret"ter (&?;), a.; compar. of good. [oe. betere, bettre, and as adv. bet, as. betera, adj., and bet, adv.; akin to icel. betri, adj., betr, adv., goth. batiza, adj., ohg. bezziro, adj., baz, adv., g. besser, adj. and adv., bass, adv., e. boot, and prob. to skr. bhadra excellent. see boot advantage, and cf. best, batful.] 1. having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air. could make the worse appear the better reason. 2. preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect. to obey is better than sacrifice. xv. 22. it is better to trust in the lord than to put confidence in princes. cxviii. 9. 3. greater in amount; larger; more. 4. improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better. 5. more advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject.   similar words(8) 

 to be better off  to get the better of  to think better of  better-looking  better half  for the better  had better  all the better 


Greater in amount; larger; more.  


Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air.  


Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better.  


More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject.  


Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.  


To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.  


To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of.  


To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise.  


To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.  


In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another.  


In a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success; as, henry writes better than John; veterans fight better than recruits.  


More correctly or thoroughly.  


More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better.  


Advantage, superiority, or victory; -- usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy.  


One who bets or lays a wager.  


One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; -- usually in the plural.  

(v. i.)

To become better; to improve.  

Origin from alfred Tennyson's poem 'In Memoriam:21', 1850.I hold it true, whate'er befall;I feel it, when I sorrow most;'Tis better to have loved and lostThan never to have loved at all.

OriginShakespeare, in henry IV, part One. Falstaff: 'The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.'

OriginFrom the Bible. acts 20:35: 'I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.'

OriginA chinese proverb - 'Don't curse the darkness - light a candle.' used by Adlai stevenson (1900-65), praising eleanor roosevelt in an address to the united nations general assembly in 1962 - 'She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.'

OriginQuotation from robert louis Stevenson. 'To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.'

OriginFrom Shakespeare's As you like It.

Noun1. one having claim to precedence; a superior; "the common man has been kept in his place by his betters" (hypernym) superior2. someone who bets (synonym) bettor, wagerer, punter (hypernym) gambler (hyponym) taker (derivation) bet, wager, play3. the superior one of two alternatives; "chose the better of the two" (hypernym) good, goodness (derivation) breakVerb1. surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record" (synonym) break (hypernym) surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform2. to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes" (synonym) improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate (antonym) worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate (hypernym) change, alter, modify (hyponym) relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuage (cause) improve, ameliorate, meliorate (verb-group) improve, ameliorate, meliorate (derivation) amelioration, melioration, betterment3. get better; "The weather improved toward evening" (synonym) improve, ameliorate, meliorate (antonym) worsen, decline (hypernym) change state, turn (hyponym) recuperate, recover, convalesce (verb-group) improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate (derivation) improvement, betterment, advanceAdjective1. (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; "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din"; "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" (antonym) worse (similar) amended (classification) comparative2. (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; "her health is better now"; "I feel better" (antonym) worse, worsened (similar) fitter, healthier (classification) comparative3. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be better to speak to him"; "the white house thought it best not to respond" (synonym) better(p), best(p) (similar) advisable (classification) comparative4. more than half; "argued for the better part of an hour" (similar) majorAdverb1. comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.; "She had never sung better"; "a deed better left undone"; "better suited to the job"2. from a position of superiority or authority; "father knows best"; "I know better." (synonym) best

Noun1. benefit; "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying?" (hypernym) advantage, vantage (hyponym) common good, commonweal2. moral excellence or admirableness; "there is much good to be found in people" (synonym) goodness (antonym) evil, evilness (hypernym) morality (hyponym) kindness3. that which is good or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization" (synonym) goodness (antonym) bad, badness (hypernym) quality (hyponym) worthinessAdjective1. having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office" (antonym) bad (similar) bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing (see-also) best (attribute) quality2. having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here" (synonym) full (similar) ample3. morally admirable (antonym) evil, wicked (similar) angelic, angelical, beatific, saintlike, saintly, sainted (attribute) goodness4. deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name" (synonym) estimable, honorable, respectable (similar) reputable5. promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her" (synonym) beneficial (similar) advantageous6. superior to the average; "in fine spirits"; "a fine student"; "made good grades"; "morale was good"; "had good weather for the parade" (synonym) fine (similar) superior7. agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good manners" (similar) nice8. of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"; "the life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous"- frederick douglass (synonym) just, upright, virtuous (similar) righteous9. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching" (synonym) adept, expert, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful (similar) skilled10. thorough; "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning" (similar) complete11. with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" (synonym) dear, near (similar) close12. having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others; "his benevolent smile"; "a benevolent nature" (synonym) benevolent (similar) good-hearted, kind, kindly, openhearted (see-also) beneficent (attribute) benevolence13. financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment" (synonym) dependable, safe, secure (similar) sound14. most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes" (synonym) right, ripe (similar) opportune15. resulting favorably; "its a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well" (synonym) well(p) (similar) fortunate16. exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)" (synonym) effective, in effect(p), in force(p) (similar) operative17. feeling healthy and free of aches and pains; "I feel good" (synonym) good(p) (similar) well18. capable of pleasing; "good looks" (similar) pleasing19. appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book" (synonym) serious (similar) intellectual20. in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body" (synonym) sound (similar) healthy21. tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air" (synonym) beneficial, salutary (similar) healthful22. not forged; "a good dollar bill" (similar) genuine, echt23. not left to spoil; "the meat is still good" (synonym) unspoiled, unspoilt (similar) fresh24. generally admired; "good taste" (similar) discriminatingAdverb1. (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); "the children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis"; "a well-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good" (synonym) well (classification) combining form2. in a complete and thorough manner (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly'); "he was soundly defeated"; "we beat him good" (synonym) thoroughly, soundly (classification) colloquialism

Noun1. a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine (hypernym) excavation, hole in the ground (hyponym) artesian well2. a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid (hypernym) vessel (hyponym) inkwell, inkstand3. an abundant source; "she was a well of information" (synonym) wellspring, fountainhead (hypernym) source4. an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway) (hypernym) shaft (hyponym) stairwell5. an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps (hypernym) compartment (hyponym) bilge wellVerb1. come up; "Tears well in her eyes" (synonym) swell (hypernym) surface, come up, rise up, riseAdjective1. in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury; "appears to be entirely well"; "the wound is nearly well"; "a well man"; "I think i'm well; at least I feel well" (antonym) ill, sick (similar) all right, fine (see-also) fit, healthy2. resulting favorably; "its a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well" (synonym) good, well(p) (similar) fortunate3. wise or advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be well to start early" (synonym) well(p) (similar) advisableAdverb1. (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); "the children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis"; "a well-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good" (synonym) good (antonym) ill, badly, poorly (classification) combining form2. thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form; "The problem is well understood"; "she was well informed"; "shake well before using"; "in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"; "well-done beef", "well-satisfied customers"; "well-educated"3. indicating high probability; in all likelihood; "I might well do it"; "a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"; "you may well need your umbrella"; "he could equally well be trying to deceive us" (synonym) easily4. (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully; "a book well worth reading"; "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"; "suspected only too well what might be going on" (classification) intensifier, intensive5. to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree; "the project was well underway"; "the fetus has well developed organs"; "his father was well pleased with his grades"6. favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book" (antonym) ill, badly7. to a great extent or degree; "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"; "painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"; "the house has fallen considerably in value"; "the price went up substantially" (synonym) considerably, substantially8. with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well" (synonym) intimately9. with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"10. with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well" (antonym) badly11. in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle" (synonym) advantageously (antonym) badly, disadvantageously12. in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died" (synonym) comfortably13. without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well" (antonym) badly

(níos) fearr

Amgenach = ad. better; rather

Goreuo = v. to make better

Gwell = a. better

Gwella = v. to better, to mend

Gwellau = v. to better, to improve

Gwelliannu = to better, to mend

Gwellwell = adv. better and better

Ymwellau = v. to better one's self

one's wife or husband; one's spouse or partner

a letter


fat legs, ugly legs

Better is the comparative form of the adjective good.


for better times fine Old, blended scotch WhiskyFor: Waldemar behn (Eckernforde)

the fingertips of one hand are placed at the lips, as if tasting something. then the hand is moved up to a position just above the head, where it assumes the 'A' position, thumb up. this latter position, less high up than the one indicated in BEST, denotes the comparative degree.



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