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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun better:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb better:


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The word better is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun better

What does better mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: betters

  1. something superior in quality or condition or effect
    • example: a change for the better
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: good / goodness = that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
  2. someone who bets
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of better: bettor / punter / wagerer
    • more generic word: gambler = a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events
    • more specific words:
      • taker = one who takes a bet or wager
      • caller = the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
  3. a superior person having claim to precedence
    • example: the common man has been kept in his place by his betters
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: higher-up / superior / superordinate = one of greater rank or station or quality
  4. the superior one of two alternatives
    • example: chose the better of the two
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: good / goodness = that which is pleasing or valuable or useful

Alternative definition of the noun better


  1. An entity, usually animate, deemed superior to another.

Definition of the adjective better

What does better mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. (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
    • examples: 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 math than in history
    • usage: comparative / comparative degree
    • antonym: worse
    • similar: amended; finer; improved
  2. (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
  3. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
    • example: it would be better to speak to him
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • usage: comparative / comparative degree
    • synonym of better: best
    • similar: advisable
  4. more than half
    • example: argued for the better part of an hour
    • similar: major

Definition of the adverb better

What does better mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.
    • examples: She had never sung better | a deed better left undone | better suited to the job
  2. from a position of superiority or authority
    • example: I know better.
    • synonym of better: best

Definition of the verb better

What does better mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bettered | bettering | betters

  1. surpass in excellence
  2. to make better
  3. get better


  1. "Better" is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses, featured on their 2008 sixth studio album Chinese Democracy. It was sent out as the second radio promo from the album, after "Chinese Democracy", but was not commercially released as a single eligible for international sales charts.
  2. "Better" is the fourth studio album by American R&B recording artist Chrisette Michele. The album was released on June 11, 2013. The album features guest appearances from Wale, 2 Chainz, Bilal, Dunson and Nello Luchi.
  3. "Better" is a song originally recorded and released as part of the album Skybound, released by independent British singer-songwriter Tom Baxter in January 2008. Baxter's version was also used on the soundtrack for the motion picture Run Fatboy Run. The first version of the song to chart was a cover by Boyzone, released in December 2008 as the second and final single from their second greatest hits compilation, Back Again... No Matter What.
  4. "Better" is the 2008 single by Guns N' Roses.
  5. "Better" is the debut single by Brooke Fraser from her multi-platinum and award-winning album What to Do with Daylight.
  6. "Better" is a musical single of LMNO.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  7. "Better" is a musical single of Plumb.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  8. "Better" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  9. "Better" is a composition.
  10. "Better" is a song by Regina Spektor. Three versions of this song are known. The first version appears on her 2006 album Begin to Hope. The second version is a re-recorded radio re-cut, and third version is called "Better (Piano & Voice cut)," which is simply the re-cut version, only with the piano and Regina's voice.
  11. "Better" is a musical single of Sono.
    • released in (6 years ago)


"Better" is a book by Atul Gawande.

  • subjects: Internal medicine, Medicine, Medical, Nursing


  1. Better is a song recorded by American country music singer Maggie Rose. It was released in February 2013 as the second single from her first studio album, Cut to Impress. The song was written by Candy Cameron, Deanna Bryant and Dave Berg.
  2. The Better Show is a syndicated lifestyle television show. It airs weekdays on 155 stations across the United States. The program is produced and distributed by Meredith Corporation, a publishing company founded in 1902. The Better Show gets its name from Meredith's flagship publication, Better Homes and Gardens. Much of the show's content is tied not only to Better Homes and Gardens but also to Meredith's other magazines including More, Fitness, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, and Family Circle. Each episode features a mix of subject matter experts and celebrity guests. There are both in-studio interviews and pre-taped feature stories.
    • begun in (9 years ago)
    • some of the awards:
        • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Miscellaneous (Lesley Tries Spartan Obstacle Course), received by Lesley Nagy
  3. Better is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Better

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Google previewThe Gardner (1878)

A Magazine of Horticulture and Floriculture

like what we experienced last year, the plants are not so apt to rot as when planted on the widetrench system, which a great many gardeners recommend, there being better means insured for the water escaping from about the plants.

Google previewLazar Achievement Psychology (2014)

How to Be a Manager, Not a Managee! by Richard G. Lazar, Ph.D.

Being Better means that your ideas may ...

Google previewSupervillains and Philosophy (2011)

Sometimes, Evil is its Own Reward by Ben Dyer

An option's being better means that it's good relative to the alternatives, and if we could line up every option we might have, then in principle we might be able to identify ultimate reasons or ends, and this is what the intellectualists identified as ...


by Abbas Gurbanoghlu

Better a good cow than a cow of a good kind. See also B f 103, 167, C-30 Yaxşı cinsden ineyin olunca, yaxşı ineyin olsa daha yaxşıdır. Müq.: Soğan olsun, neğd olsun//Nağdı qoyub, nisye axtarmazlar. 99. Better a lean peace than a fat victory.

Google previewSmith's Bible Dictionary 1863 and King James Bible (2017)

by William Smith

better than precious ointment s; and the day s of ...

Google previewFausset's Bible Dictionary and King James Bible (2017)

by TruthBeTold Ministry, Robert Jamieson, Andrew Robert Fausset, David Brown

better than precious ointment f; and the dayf of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African-American Education (1996)

by Faustine Childress Jones-Wilson

A BETTER CHANCE, INC. A Better Chance is the oldest and only nationwide academic talent search agency for minority youth. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1963 by representatives of ...

Google previewInstant Encyclopaedia of Geography (1993)

by Shatrughna P. Sinha

BETTER. TROPICAL. REGIONS. The Tropical Jungle The difference between tropical regions which are constantly wet and those where there is a short dry season is amazing. It becomes still more astonishing when it is combined with the ...

Google previewSiamese-English Dictionary (2009)

by Edward Michell

better ЪЩШ [Pali] South-Eaat tinflil- (a'ka'dok) [San.] poor, without any support ВПЙ-í (a'ksonn) [San .] letter (of the alphabet ) tlflwf (Vkanitt) see afiuf tiniHiil (а'ка'паувоп) and flfllUtfí ...

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Quotes about Better

It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is, better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words. (Muhammad)
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Scrabble value of B3E1T1T1E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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