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Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!
Ludwig van Beethoven

Meaning of "better" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BETTER

Old English betera; related to Old Norse betri, Gothic batiza, Old High German beziro.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BETTER

better  [ˈbɛtə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BETTER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Better is a verb and can also act as a noun, an adjective and an adverb.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb better in English.



The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES BETTER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Better

Better is a comparative form of good or well, meaning effectively more good or more well Better may also refer to: ▪ "to better" as a verb, meaning to undergo betterment ▪ better, an alternate spelling of bettor, someone who bets...

Definition of better in the English dictionary

The first definition of better in the dictionary is more excellent than other members of a particular group, category, etc. Other definition of better is more suitable, advantageous, attractive, etc. Better is also improved in health.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BETTER

PRESENT

Present
I better
you better
he/she/it betters
we better
you better
they better
Present continuous
I am bettering
you are bettering
he/she/it is bettering
we are bettering
you are bettering
they are bettering
Present perfect
I have bettered
you have bettered
he/she/it has bettered
we have bettered
you have bettered
they have bettered
Present perfect continuous
I have been bettering
you have been bettering
he/she/it has been bettering
we have been bettering
you have been bettering
they have been bettering
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I bettered
you bettered
he/she/it bettered
we bettered
you bettered
they bettered
Past continuous
I was bettering
you were bettering
he/she/it was bettering
we were bettering
you were bettering
they were bettering
Past perfect
I had bettered
you had bettered
he/she/it had bettered
we had bettered
you had bettered
they had bettered
Past perfect continuous
I had been bettering
you had been bettering
he/she/it had been bettering
we had been bettering
you had been bettering
they had been bettering
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will better
you will better
he/she/it will better
we will better
you will better
they will better
Future continuous
I will be bettering
you will be bettering
he/she/it will be bettering
we will be bettering
you will be bettering
they will be bettering
Future perfect
I will have bettered
you will have bettered
he/she/it will have bettered
we will have bettered
you will have bettered
they will have bettered
Future perfect continuous
I will have been bettering
you will have been bettering
he/she/it will have been bettering
we will have been bettering
you will have been bettering
they will have been bettering
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would better
you would better
he/she/it would better
we would better
you would better
they would better
Conditional continuous
I would be bettering
you would be bettering
he/she/it would be bettering
we would be bettering
you would be bettering
they would be bettering
Conditional perfect
I would have better
you would have better
he/she/it would have better
we would have better
you would have better
they would have better
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been bettering
you would have been bettering
he/she/it would have been bettering
we would have been bettering
you would have been bettering
they would have been bettering
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you better
we let´s better
you better
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to better
Past participle
bettered
Present Participle
bettering
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BETTER


abetter
əˈbɛtə
abettor
əˈbɛtə
betta
ˈbɛtə
bruschetta
bruːˈskɛtə
debtor
ˈdɛtə
feta
ˈfɛtə
Gambetta
ɡæmˈbɛtə
getter
ˈɡɛtə
letter
ˈlɛtə
netter
ˈnɛtə
newsletter
ˈnjuːzˌlɛtə
petter
ˈpɛtə
Quetta
ˈkwɛtə
Rosetta
rəʊˈzɛtə
setter
ˈsɛtə
stretta
ˈstrɛtə
sweater
ˈswɛtə
trendsetter
ˈtrɛndˌsɛtə
Valletta
vəˈlɛtə
vendetta
vɛnˈdɛtə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BETTER

betrothed
betta
betted
better half
better off
betterment
betterment tax
bettermost
betterness
Betti
betting
betting man
betting news
betting office
betting shop
betting slip
betting tax
bettong
bettor
betty

WORDS THAT END LIKE BETTER

chain letter
cover letter
fetter
for that matter
for the better
form letter
go one better
had better
love letter
open letter
pacesetter
regretter
small letter
the better
the letter
to the letter
typesetter
upsetter
vetter
wetter
with a capital letter

Synonyms and antonyms of better in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BETTER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «better» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of better
able · able-bodied · ably · abundantly · acceptable · accomplished · accurate · accurately · adept · adeptly · adequate · adequately · admirable · admirably · admiringly · adroit · advance · advantage · advantageous · advisable · agreeable · agreeably · alive and kicking · altruistic · ameliorate · amend · amiably · amicably · ample · amply · appreciatively · appropriate · approvingly · assiduously · attentively · augment · auspicious · authentic · avail · awesome · bad · balmy · barrie · beat · beaut · behalf · belting · beneficent · beneficial · benefit · benevolent · best · bigger · bitchin´ · blooming · bona fide · booshit · bright · calm · cap · capable · capital · capitally · carefully · certainly · charitable · cheerful · choice · civilly · clear · clement · clever · clobber · closely · cloudless · comfortably · commendable · compelling · competent · complete · completely · comprehensively · conceivably · congenial · conscientiously · considerable · considerably · constructive · convenient · convincing · convivial · correct · correctly · crucial · cured · decently · decorous · deeply · definite · dependable · desirable · dexterous · dinkum · divine · dope · dutiful · easily · eatable · edible · effectively · efficient · efficiently · enhance · enjoyable · enthusiastically · entire · estimable · ethical · exact · exceed · excel · excellence · excellent · exemplary · exhaustively · exo · expert · expertly · extensive · extensively · fair · fairly · famously · fancy · favourable · favourably · fighting fit · fine · finest · first-class · first-rate · fit · fit as a fiddle · fitter · fitting · fittingly · flourishing · flourishingly · fortunate · forward · friendly · full · fully · further · gain · generously · genially · genuine · glowingly · good · goodness · gracious · graciously · gratifying · great · greatly · halcyon · hale · happily · happy · harmoniously · healthier · healthy · heartily · hearty · helpful · highly · honest · honourable · hospitably · humane · improve · improving · in depth · in detail · intensively · interest · intimately · judicious · justifiably · justly · kind · kind-hearted · kindly · knock spots off · large · legitimate · lick · like a house on fire · like nobody´s business · long · lucky · lucrative · mannerly · markedly · meliorate · mend · mending · merciful · merit · methodically · meticulously · mild · minutely · moral · morality · nicely · obedient · obliging · on the mend · opportune · orderly · outdo · outstrip · painstakingly · peaceably · pearler · personally · persuasive · phat · pleasant · pleasantly · pleasing · pleasurable · polite · politely · positive · possibly · praiseworthy · precise · preferable · probably · probity · productive · professionally · proficient · proficiently · profit · profitable · profoundly · promote · proper · properly · propitious · prosperously · prudent · put in the shade · rad · raise · readily · real · reasonable · reasonably · recovering · rectify · rectitude · reform · reliable · right · righteous · righteousness · rigorously · robust · run rings around · salubrious · salutary · satisfactorily · satisfactory · satisfying · schmick · scrupulously · seemly · sensible · service · shrewd · significantly · sik · skilfully · skilled · smoothly · solid · sound · special · splendid · splendidly · strong · substantial · substantially · successfully · sufficient · sufficiently · suitable · suitably · sunny · sunshiny · super · superb · superior · surpass · surpassing · talented · tasty · thorough · thoroughly · thriving · timely · tiptop · top · true · trump · trustworthy · uncorrupted · untainted · upgrade · upright · uprightness · use · useful · usefulness · valid · valuable · virtue · virtuous · warmly · welfare · well · well-behaved · well-disposed · well-mannered · well-reasoned · well-thought-out · well-timed · wellbeing · whole · wholesome · wicked · wise · world-class · worth · worthier · worthwhile · worthy

Translation of «better» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BETTER

Find out the translation of better to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of better from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «better» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

较好的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mejor
570 millions of speakers

English

better
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बेहतर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أَفْضَل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

лучший
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

melhor
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উত্তম
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

meilleur
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Lebih baik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

besser
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

よりよい
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

더 좋은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Luwih apik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tốt hơn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிறந்த
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

चांगले
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

daha iyi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

migliore
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

lepszy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

кращий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

mai bun
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καλύτερος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

beter
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

bättre
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bedre
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of better

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BETTER»

The term «better» is very widely used and occupies the 846 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BETTER» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «better» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «better» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about better

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10 QUOTES WITH «BETTER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word better.
1
Shaun Alexander
I am a better running back every time I step on the field. I try to get better each game, each summer, each season.
2
Spencer Bachus
For generations, America has served as a beacon of hope and freedom for those outside her borders, and as a land of limitless opportunity for those risking everything to seek a better life. Their talents and contributions have continued to enrich our country.
3
Jim Bakker
You know, I try not to look back, because looking forward is so much better than looking backward.
4
Bob Balaban
I've directed a fair amount of television series - so I'm always trying to learn new things. One episode was all hand-held and I'm trying to get better at when you should do things and when you should just shut up and watch what the people are saying.
5
Ludwig van Beethoven
Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!
6
Carl Bernstein
Public policy in the twentieth century was about protecting and expanding the social compact, based on recognition that effective government at the federal level provides rules and services and safety measures that contribute to a better society.
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Rodney Brooks
I see robotic technology getting rid of the dangerous, the dirty, and the just plain boring jobs. Some people say, 'You can't. People won't have anything to do.' But we found things that were a lot easier than backbreaking labor in the sun and the fields. Let people rise to better things.
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Bob Brown
There are better alternatives... Australia should be exporting its solar technology, not its uranium.
9
Jane Campion
A message I've been telling myself: the cinema is very conservative, and unless you have a story that satisfies you, that is within the unchallenging zone, but you love it, you can't do it as cinema. Otherwise, you better go do it for television, which is more daring now.
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Drew Carey
Some people don't like competition because it makes them work harder, better.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BETTER»

Discover the use of better in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to better and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
The struggle to perform well is universal, but nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine.
Atul Gawande, 2010
2
A Better Place
High school football, a hospital of horrors, a long journey, and an unlikely love await Brendan and Casper as they search for a better place...
Mark A. Roeder, 2001
3
A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution
The book explores our use of computers as writing tools in light of the history of communication technology, a history of how we love, fear, and actually use our writing technologies--not just computers, but also typewriters, pencils, and ...
Dennis Baron, 2009
4
The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better ...
Knowledge of this book should be a litmus test for educators and diversity trainers--if you haven't read it, you are just talking metaphor. Stop playing defense and start playing offense by buying this book.
Scott E. Page, 2007
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It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and ...
Every story can change a life. Growing up isn't easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, and this is especially true for LGBT kids and teens.
Dan Savage, Terry Miller, 2011
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Writing Better Lyrics
Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades.
Pat Pattison, 2010
7
The Better Baby Book: How to Have a Healthier, Smarter, ...
This groundbreaking guide: Builds on the latest epigenetics research to help you produce a healthier, smarter, and happier baby with genes for lower risk of allergies, asthma, and developmental issues Shares a specific prescriptive program ...
Lana Asprey, David Asprey, 2012
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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
Features more than 1,400 recipes, including dishes with an ethnic flare, vegetarian appeal, and twenty-minute preparation time, nutrition facts, expanded cooking tips, and quick reference symbols.
Jan Miller, 2006
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A BETTER INDIA A BETTER WORLD
Drawing on the remarkable Infosys story and the lessons learnt from the two decades of post-reform India; Narayana Murthy lays down the ground rules that must be followed if future generations are to inherit a truly progressive nation.
N. R. Narayana MURTHY, 2010
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Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for ...
Describes a purposeful classroom structure that relies on four phases.
Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BETTER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term better is used in the context of the following news items.
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After coal, can better health save West Virginia?
WILLIAMSON, WV (Reuters) - With coal trains chugging past in the distance, Jack Perry watches as his wife, Margie, plants row upon row of ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
2
Russell Wilson Is a Better Person Than You Because He's Not …
If you've been wondering lately whether Russell Wilson is a better person than you, he is here to tell you that yes, he is. He is better than you, ... «E! Online, Jul 15»
3
Rihanna Found Her 'Bitch Better Have My Money' Co-Star on …
Rihanna's NSFW "Bitch Better Have My Money" music video features a few recognizable faces in its cast -- actors Mads Mikkelsen and Eric ... «Billboard, Jul 15»
4
Cities are catalysts for better economic growth and climate action …
Better economic growth can help close the greenhouse gas emissions gap, according to a new report released today by the New Climate ... «National Geographic, Jul 15»
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Obama on ISIS Threat: "Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns …
Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by better ideas and more attractive and more compelling vision. So the United States ... «RealClearPolitics, Jul 15»
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Better 10Bester! 2016 Mazda 3 Drops Price, Adds Stuff
We get a lot of pricing-related press releases around here, but not many of them announce a price lowering, and even fewer of those involve a ... «Car and Driver, Jul 15»
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Miguel Attacks Frank Ocean In New Feud: Says He's 'Makes Better
Miguel, 29, just dropped a brand new album, Wildheart, on June 30 and what better way to celebrate than by picking a fight with his old rival, ... «Hollywood Life, Jul 15»
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Ellen Pao says 'we screwed up' and promises to make Reddit better
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has written a note apologizing for the site's communication issues and longterm failure to deliver on promises made to its ... «The Verge, Jul 15»
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Instagram photos are now bigger and better
Just over a week ago, I wrote plaintively about Instagram's archaic 640 x 640 resolution and the need to move with the times and give users the ... «The Verge, Jul 15»
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Mozilla's plans for Firefox: More partnerships, better add-ons, and …
Mozilla's plans for Firefox: More partnerships, better add-ons, and faster ... unsurprisingly recommitted to making Firefox better, and noted the ... «VentureBeat, Jul 15»

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