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better

[ bet-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF better

Synonyms for better

  • exceptional
  • improved
  • superior
  • choice
  • exceeding
  • fitter
  • preferred
  • sharpened
  • sophisticated
  • surpassing
  • bigger
  • finer
  • greater
  • higher quality
  • larger
  • more appropriate
  • more desirable
  • more fitting
  • more select
  • more suitable
  • more useful
  • more valuable
  • preferable
  • prominent
  • souped up
  • worthier
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Antonyms for better

  • inferior
  • littler
  • more ill
  • sicker
  • smaller
  • tinier
  • unhealthy
  • worse
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BETTER

The little truffled French sausages aroused his better nature.

"He'd better improve his whiskers first thing he does," suggested Percival.

Who could have proved a better protector than Phidias has been?

I know, better than you possibly can, what reasons I have to trust the strength of his affection.

Then it's better to take him out back of the barn and shoot him, by Gad!

In this persistence he displayed courage worthy of a better reward.

"We'd better go to the railroad depot, Mr. Dunham," he said.

You'd better not tell him so, or he might give you a lesson in politeness.

It is very honorable in you to make the offer, and I like you the better for having made it.

"Better not try to describe her—while I'm by, you know," said Mrs. Drelmer, sympathetically.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bettra, earlier betera, from Proto-Germanic *batizo-, from PIE *bhad- "good;" see best. Comparative adjective of good in the older Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian betera, Old Saxon betiro, Old Norse betr, Danish bedre, Old High German bezziro, German besser, Gothic batiza). In English it superseded bet in the adverbial sense by 1600. Better half "wife" is first attested 1570s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BETTER

amend

verbimprove, correct
  • alter
  • ameliorate
  • better
  • change
  • elevate
  • enhance
  • fix
  • help
  • lift
  • make up for
  • mend
  • modify
  • pay one's dues
  • raise
  • rectify
  • reform
  • remedy
  • repair
  • revise
  • right
  • square
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