better Definition

  • 1of a more excellent or effective type or quality
  • 2more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised
  • 3in better health or condition
  • 4more enjoyable or satisfactory

Using better: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "better" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    This is a better way to solve the problem.

  • Example

    I feel much better today.

  • Example

    I had a better time at the party than I expected.

  • Example

    He is a better singer than his brother.

better Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with better

  • in a more favorable or advantageous position


    She's better off without him.

  • it's better to do something late than not at all


    I know it's been a while, but I finally finished that project. Better late than never, right?

  • should or ought to


    You had better study hard if you want to pass the exam.

Origins of better

from Old English 'betera'


Summary: better in Brief

The word 'better' [ˈbɛtər] describes something of higher quality, effectiveness, or suitability. It can refer to health, enjoyment, or advice, as in 'I feel much better today.' 'Better' also appears in phrases like 'better off,' meaning in a more advantageous position, and 'had better,' indicating a recommendation or warning.

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