Definition of better verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    better

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbetə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbetər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they better
    BrE BrE//ˈbetə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbetər//
     
    he / she / it betters
    BrE BrE//ˈbetəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbetərz//
     
    past simple bettered
    BrE BrE//ˈbetəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbetərd//
     
    past participle bettered
    BrE BrE//ˈbetəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbetərd//
     
    -ing form bettering
    BrE BrE//ˈbetərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbetərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[often passive] better something to be better or do something better than somebody/something else The work he produced early in his career has never really been bettered. Their success that season could not be bettered.
  2. 2better yourself to improve your social position through education, a better job, etc. Thousands of Victorian workers joined educational associations in an attempt to better themselves.
  3. Word Origin Old English betera (adjective), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch beter and German besser, also to best.
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