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Definition of better adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    better

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈbɛt̮ər//
     
     
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  1. 1(comparative of good)
  2. 2 of 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. 4 more 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. 5 less 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. 6 fully 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. 2 used 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