There are 2 main translations of better in French:

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better 1

British English: /ˈbɛtə/
American English: /ˈbɛdər/
When better is used as an adjective it is translated by meilleur or mieux depending on the context (see below, and note that meilleur is the comparative form of bon, mieux the comparative form of bien). The translation of the construction to be better than varies depending on whether bon or bien works originally with the noun collocate: their wine is better than our wine = leur vin est meilleur que le nôtre; her new apartment is better than her old one = son nouvel appartement est mieux que l'ancien; his new film is better than his last one = son nouveau film est mieux or meilleur que le précédent (both bon and bien work with the collocate in this last example). Other constructions may be translated as follows: this is a better bag/car = ce sac/cette voiture est mieux; it is better to do = il vaut mieux faire or il est mieux de faire. As an adverb, better can almost always be translated by mieux. For more examples and particular usages, see the entry below.

noun

  • 1 (something preferable, more excellent) See examples: the better
    le/la meilleur/-e
    m/f
    much ou by far the better of the two
    de loin le/la meilleur/-e des deux
  • 2 (more desirable state of affairs) See examples: to deserve/expect/hope for better
    mériter/attendre/espérer mieux
    so much the better, all the better a change ou turn for the better
    une amélioration
    to change ou take a turn for the better
    s'améliorer
    the weather changed, and not for the better
    le temps a changé, et pas en mieux
  • 3 (superior person) See examples: one's betters
    ses supérieurs
    mfpl

adjective comparative of good

  • 1 (more pleasing, satisfactory)
    (weather, day, news, joke, forecast, review, salary, price, range)
    (party, game, book, film, activity)
    playing is better than watching to get better
    s'améliorer
    the weather is no better
    le temps n'est pas meilleur or ne s'est pas amélioré
    things are getting better
    ça va mieux
    ‘good news?’—‘it couldn't be better!’
    ‘bonnes nouvelles?’—‘on ne peut meilleures!’
    to look/sound better
    être/sonner mieux
    to taste/smell better
    être/sentir meilleur, avoir un/-e meilleur/-e goût/odeur
    it would taste all the better for some salt
    ce serait meilleur avec du sel
    it looked all the better for it
    cela n'en était que mieux
    that's better!
    voilà qui est mieux!
  • 2 (well, recovered) See examples: to be better
    (patient, cold, headache)
    aller mieux
    to feel all the better for
    se sentir mieux après
    (rest, meal)
    better than I/it was
    mieux qu'avant
  • 3 (happier)
    (mood)
    to feel better
    se sentir mieux
    I'd feel better if you did/didn't do
    je me sentirais mieux si tu faisais/ne faisais pas
    if it makes you feel any better
    (less worried or awkward)
    si ça t'aide à te sentir mieux
    to feel better about doing
    (less nervous)
    se sentir à même de faire
    (less worried, guilty)
    avoir moins de scrupules à faire
  • 4 (of superior quality, class)
    (food, result, film, book, quality)
    (car, carpet, district, family)
    (land, school, hotel)
    (coat, shoes, furniture)
    de meilleure qualité
    one of the better schools
    une des meilleures écoles
    he went to a better school than I did ou than me
    il est allé dans une école meilleure que la mienne
  • 5 (more virtuous, commendable)
    (person)
    (life, influence, nature)
    to be a better man/woman than
    être meilleur que
    you're a better man than I am!
    tu es meilleur que moi!
    to be no better than somebody
    ne pas être mieux que quelqu'un
    to be no better than a thief
    être un voleur ni plus ni moins
  • 6 (more skilled)
    (doctor, actor, teacher)
    to be a better poet than somebody
    être meilleur poète que quelqu'un
    to be a better swimmer than somebody
    nager mieux que quelqu'un
    to be a better singer than dancer
    chanter mieux que l'on ne danse
    to be a better father than husband
    être meilleur père que mari
    to be better at
    être meilleur en
    (subject, sport)
    to be better at doing
    faire mieux
    he's no better at driving than she is ou than her
    il ne conduit pas mieux qu'elle
  • 7 (more suitable, valid, appropriate)
    (tune, tool, way, word, idea, example, reason, excuse, choice)
    to be better for
    être meilleur pour
    (purpose, task)
    to be better for doing
    être mieux pour faire
    to be better than nothing
    être mieux que rien
    better a part-time job than no job
    mieux vaut un travail à mi-temps que pas de travail
    the bigger/sooner the better
    le plus grand/vite possible
    the faster you work the better
    plus tu travailles vite, mieux ça vaudra
    the less said about that the better
    mieux vaut ne pas parler de ça
    who better to play the part?
    qui mieux pourrait jouer le rôle?
    where/how better to do…?
    quel meilleur endroit/moyen pour faire…?
  • 8 (more beneficial)
    (exercise, food)
    swimming is better for you than running
    nager est meilleur pour la santé que courir
  • 9 (more accurate)
    (description, recollection, view, understanding)
    in order to get a better look
    pour mieux voir
    to be a better likeness
    être plus ressemblant

adverb comparative of well

  • 1 (more adequately or excellently) to fit/behave better than
    aller/se comporter mieux que
    better made/organized than
    mieux fait/organisé que
    to think better of somebody
    avoir une meilleure opinion de quelqu'un
    better behaved/educated
    plus sage/cultivé
    to be better tempered/mannered
    avoir meilleur caractère/de meilleures manières
    to do better
    (in career, life)
    réussir mieux
    (in exam, essay)
    faire mieux
    (in health)
    aller mieux
    ‘could do better’
    ‘pourrait or peut mieux faire’
    the better to see/hear
    pour mieux voir/entendre
    the more she talked, the better I understood
    plus elle parlait, mieux je comprenais
  • 2 (more advisably or appropriately) it couldn't have been better timed
    ça n'aurait pas pu mieux tomber
    the money would be better spent on
    il vaudrait mieux dépenser l'argent en
    he is better left alone
    il vaut mieux le laisser seul
    you would be better advised to do
    tu serais mieux avisé de faire
    you would do better to do
    tu ferais mieux de faire
    you had better do, you'd better do
    (advising)
    tu ferais mieux de faire
    I'd better go
    je ferais mieux de m'en aller
    ‘will she come?’—‘she'd better! ou she better (informal)!’
    ‘est-ce qu'elle viendra?’—‘elle a intérêt!’
    ‘will it be open?’—‘it had better be! ou it better had be! ou it better be (informal)!’
    ‘est-ce que ça sera ouvert?’—‘il y a intérêt!’
    ‘more cake?’—‘I'd better not’
    ‘encore du gâteau?’—‘non merci’
    ‘shall I come?’—‘better not’
    ‘est-ce que je viens?’—‘il vaut mieux pas’
    better still,…
    ou mieux,…

transitive verb

  • 1 (surpass)
    (score, one's performance, achievement)
    faire mieux que
    (rival's performance, achievement)
    to better somebody's offer
    offrir un meilleur prix que quelqu'un

reflexive verb

  • to better oneself
    améliorer sa condition

Idioms

for better (or) for worse

to get the better of

(person)
triompher de, vaincre
(enemy, opponent, problem)

his curiosity got the better of him

sa curiosité a pris le dessus

the problem got the better of her

le problème l'a dépassée

to go one better

faire encore mieux
than que

to think better of it

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better 2
British English: /ˈbɛtə/
American English: /ˈbɛdər/

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