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Definition of "better" []

  • Greater in excellence or higher in quality. (adjective)
  • More useful, suitable, or desirable: found a better way to go; a suit with a better fit than that one. (adjective)
  • More highly skilled or adept: I am better at math than English. (adjective)
  • Greater or larger: argued for the better part of an hour. (adjective)
  • More advantageous or favorable; improved: a better chance of success. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "better" in a sentence
  • "We would do better to say: _more_ is often _better_ , but _most_ is rarely _best_ , especially if we fail to measure everything together, tangible and intangible alike."
  • "Popper held, that even if a theory t2 with a higher content than a rival theory t1 is subsequently falsified, it can still legitimately be regarded as a better theory than t1, and ˜better™ is here now understood to mean t2 is closer to the truth than t1."
  • "Most of the contemporary "political poetry" I've read remain mired in authorial biography (granted, it could be a function of my reading habit) -- they were writ primarily to make the authors feel better (by *feel better*, it includes ranting against abuse)."