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better1 US English

Of a more excellent or effective type or quality

better2 US English

Variant spelling of bettor.

better US Thesaurus

better facilities

bettor US English

A person who bets, typically regularly or habitually

better in bettor US English

A person who bets, typically regularly or habitually

better in good US English

To be desired or approved of

better in well1 US English

In a good or satisfactory way

better than US English

More than

better half US English

A person’s wife, husband, or partner

be better off US English

Be in a better position, especially in financial terms

go one better US English

Narrowly surpass a previous effort or achievement

no better than US English

Just (or almost) the same as; merely

the —— the better US English

Used to emphasize the importance or desirability of the quality or thing specified

the better to —— US English

So as to —— better

know better than US English

Be wise or polite enough to avoid doing a particular thing

a better mousetrap US English

An improved version of a well-known item

think better of US English

Decide not to do (something) after reconsideration

the better part of US English

Almost all of; most of

get the better of US English

(Often of something immaterial) win an advantage over (someone); defeat or outwit

have the better of US English

Be more successful in a contest

so much the better US English

That is even better (or worse)

for better or worse US English

Whether the outcome is good or bad

someone's better nature US English

The good side of a person’s character; their capacity for tolerance, generosity, or sympathy

better dead than red US English

A cold-war slogan claiming that the prospect of nuclear war is preferable to that of a communist society (or vice versa)

have seen better days US English

Have declined from former prosperity or good condition

better safe than sorry US English

It’s wiser to be cautious than to be hasty or rash and so do something you may later regret

had better do something US English

Would find it wiser to do something; ought to do something

against one's better judgment US English

Contrary to what one believes to be wise or sensible

two heads are better than one US English

It’s helpful to have the advice or opinion of a second person

be better off in better1 US English

Be in a better position, especially in financial terms

kiss something to make it better US English

Comfort a sick or injured person, especially a child, by kissing the sore or injured part of their body as a gesture of removing pain

half a loaf is better than none US English

It is better to accept less than one wants or expects than to have nothing at all

discretion is the better part of valor US English

It is better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it

no better than in better1 US English

Just (or almost) the same as; merely

well known US English

Known widely or thoroughly

well-off US English

Wealthy

someone's better nature in nature US English

The good side of a person’s character; their capacity for tolerance, generosity, or sympathy

better than a poke in the eye (with a sharp stick) US English

Welcome or pleasing, even if other circumstances might be better

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure US English

It’s easier to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened

the —— the better in better1 US English

Used to emphasize the importance or desirability of the quality or thing specified

had better do something in better1 US English

Would find it wiser to do something; ought to do something

a better mousetrap in mousetrap US English

An improved version of a well-known item

well crafted US English

Skillfully constructed

the better part of in better1 US English

Almost all of; most of

for better or worse in better1 US English

Whether the outcome is good or bad

so much the better in much US English

That is even better (or worse)

better dead than red in red US English

A cold-war slogan claiming that the prospect of nuclear war is preferable to that of a communist society (or vice versa)

better safe than sorry in better1 US English

It’s wiser to be cautious than to be hasty or rash and so do something you may later regret

go one better in better1 US English

Narrowly surpass a previous effort or achievement


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