American English

Definition of better adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(comparative of good)
  2. 2of a higher standard or less poor quality; not as bad as something else We're hoping for better weather tomorrow. Her work is getting better and better. He is in a much better mood than usual. The meal couldn't have been better. There's nothing better than a long soak in a hot bath. If you can only exercise once a week, that's better than nothing (= better than doing no exercise at all).
  3. 3more able or skilled She's far better at science than her brother.
  4. 4more suitable or appropriate Can you think of a better word than “nice”? It would be better for him to talk to his parents about his problems. You'd be better to go by bus.
  5. 5less sick or unhappy She's a lot better today. His leg was getting better. You'll feel better after a good night's sleep.
  6. 6fully recovered after an illness; in good health again Don't go back to work until you are better. see also well
  7. Idioms
    the bigger, smaller, faster, slower, etc. the better
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    used to say that something should be as big, small, etc. as possible As far as the hard disk is concerned, the bigger the better.
    little/no better than
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    almost or just the same as; almost or just as bad as The dinner was no better than fast food.
      that's (much) better
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    1. 1used to give support to someone who has been upset and is trying to become calmer Dry your eyes now. That's better.
    2. 2used to praise someone who has made an effort to improve That's much better—you played all the right notes this time.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: better