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Definition of better verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they better
    he / she / it betters
    past simple bettered
    -ing form bettering
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  1. 1[often passive] better something to be better or do something better than someone or something else The work he produced early in his career has never really been bettered.
  2. 2better yourself to improve your social position through education, a better job, etc. Thousands of unemployed mothers are getting job training in an attempt to better themselves.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: better