Adjective: better be-tu(r)
Adverb: better be-tu(r)
- (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 maths than in history"
- (comparative of 'good') changed for the better in health or fitness
"her health is better now"; "I feel better"
- (comparative and superlative of 'well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
"it would be better to speak to him";
- More than half
"argued for the better part of an hour"
Verb: better be-tu(r)
- 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"
- From a position of superiority or authority
"I know better.";
Noun: better be-tu(r)
- Surpass in excellence
"She bettered her own record";
- To make better
- improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate, mend
- Get better
- improve, ameliorate, meliorate
Adjective: good (better,best) gûd
- Something superior in quality, condition or effect
"a change for the better"
- Someone who bets
- bettor, wagerer, punter
- A superior person having claim to precedence
"the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"
- The superior one of two alternatives
"chose the better of the two"
- Having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
"good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "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"; "when she was good she was very very good"
- Having the normally expected amount
"a good mile from here"; "gives good measure";
- Morally admirable
- Deserving of esteem and respect
"ruined the family's good name";
- estimable, honorable [US], respectable, honourable [Brit, Cdn]
- Promoting or enhancing well-being
"the experience was good for her";
- Agreeable or pleasing
"we all had a good time"; "good manners"
- Of moral excellence
"a genuinely good person";
- just, upright
- Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
"a good mechanic";
- adept, expert, practiced [N. Amer], proficient, skillful [N. Amer], skilful [Brit, Cdn], practised [Brit, Cdn]
"gave the house a good cleaning"; "had a good workout";
- With or in a close or intimate relationship
"a good friend";
- dear, near
- Financially sound
"a good investment";
- dependable, safe, secure
- Most suitable or right for a particular purpose
"a good time to plant tomatoes";
- right, ripe
- Resulting favourably
"it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed";
- Exerting force or influence
"a warranty good for two years";
- effective, in effect, in force
- Capable of pleasing
- Appealing to the mind
- In excellent physical condition
"good teeth"; "I still have one good leg";
- Tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
"a good night's sleep";
- Not forged
"a good dollar bill";
- Not left to spoil
"the meat is still good";
- undecomposed, unspoiled, unspoilt
- Generally admired
Sounds like: bettor
Derived forms: bettered, betters, bettering
See also: acceptable, advantageous, advisable, amended, ample, angelic, angelical, bang-up, beatific, best, bully, close, complete, corking [Brit, informal], cracking [Brit, informal], dandy, discriminating, echt, favorable [US], favourable [Brit, Cdn], finer, fitter, fortunate, fresh, genuine, good, good enough, goodish, goodness, goody-goody, great, groovy, grouse [Austral, NZ], healthful, healthier, healthy, hot, improved, intellectual, keen, lovely, magnificent, major, moral, neat, nice, nifty, not bad, obedient, operative, opportune, peachy, pleasing, quality, redeeming, redemptive, reputable, respectable, right, righteous, ripper [Austral], sainted, saintlike, saintly, satisfactory, saving, skilled, slap-up, smashing, solid, sound, superb, swell, virtuous, well behaved, well-behaved, white, worthy
Type of: alter, change, change state, exceed, gambler, good, goodness, higher-up, modify, outdo, outgo [archaic], outmatch, outperform, outstrip, superior, superordinate, surmount, surpass, turn
Antonym: bad, evil, worse, worsen
Encyclopedia: Better Good, West Virginia