comparative of good
of a higher standard or less poor quality; not as bad as sth 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 taking no exercise at all) .
more able or skilled
She's far better at science than her brother.
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 going by bus.
less ill/sick or unhappy
She's a lot better today.
His leg was getting better.
You'll feel all the better for a good night's sleep.
大多数含 better 的习语，都可在该等习语中的名词及动词相关词条找到，如 better luck next time 在词条 luck 下。
Most idioms containing better are at the entries for the nouns and verbs in the idioms, for example better luck next time is at luck .
almost or just the same as; almost or just as bad as
The path was no better than a sheep track.
used to give support to sb who has been upset and is trying to become calmer
Dry your eyes now. That's better.
used to praise sb who has made an effort to improve
That's much better─you played the right notes this time.
used to say that sth should be as big, small, etc. as possible
As far as the hard disk is concerned, the bigger the better.
you should avoid danger and not take unnecessary risks
used to say that two people can achieve more than one person working alone
most of sth, especially a period of time; more than half of sth
The journey took her the better part of an hour.
it is better to stop sth bad from happening rather than try to deal with the problems after it has happened
comparative of well
in a more excellent or pleasant way; not as badly
She sings much better than I do.
Sound travels better in water than in air.
People are better educated now.
more; to a greater degree
You'll like her when you know her better.
A cup of tea? There's nothing I'd like better!
Fit people are better able to cope with stress.
used to suggest that sth would be a suitable or appropriate thing to do
The money could be better spent on more urgent cases.
Some things are better left unsaid.
You'd do better to tell her everything before she finds out from someone else.
大多数含 better 的习语，都可在该等习语中的名词、形容词及动词相关词条找到，如 better the devil you know 在词条 devil 下。
Most idioms containing better are at the entries for the nouns, adjectives and verbs in the idioms, for example better the devil you know is at devil .
to have more money
Families will be better off under the new law.
Her promotion means she's $100 a week better off.
used to say that sb is/would be happier or more satisfied if they were in a particular position or did a particular thing
She's better off without him.
The weather was so bad we'd have been better off staying at home.
used to tell sb what you think they should do
You'd better go to the doctor about your cough.
We'd better leave now or we'll miss the bus.
You'd better not do that again.
‘I'll give you back the money tomorrow.’ ‘You'd better!’ (= as a threat)
something that is better
the better of the two books
I expected better of him (= I thought he would have behaved better) .
people who are more intelligent or more important than you
used to say that sth cannot be changed, whether the result is good or bad
to defeat sb/sth or gain an advantage
No one can get the better of her in an argument.
She always gets the better of an argument.
His curiosity got the better of him (= he didn't intend to ask questions, but he wanted to know so badly that he did) .
那就更好了 / 更糟了
used to say that sth is even better/worse
We don't actually need it on Tuesday, but if it arrives by then, so much the better.
a person, thing, situation, etc. that is better/worse than the previous or present one
people who are older and wiser than you and whom you should respect
to have a higher opinion of sb
She has behaved appallingly─I must say I thought better of her.
to be better or do sth better than sb/sth else
The work he produced early in his career has never really been bettered.
to improve your social position through education, a better job, etc.
Thousands of Victorian workers joined educational associations in an attempt to better themselves.
something superior in quality or condition or effect
- a change for the better
the superior one of two alternatives
- chose the better of the two
a superior person having claim to precedence
- the common man has been kept in his place by his betters
someone who bets
- The weather improved toward evening
to make better
- The editor improved the manuscript with his changes
surpass in excellence
- She bettered her own record
- break a record
(comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability;more highly skilled than another
- You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din
- a better coat
- a better type of car
- a suit with a better fit
- a better chance of success
- produced a better mousetrap
- she's better in math than in history
(comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
- her health is better now
- I feel better
more than half
- argued for the better part of an hour
comparative of `well';in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.
- She had never sung better
- a deed better left undone
- better suited to the job
from a position of superiority or authority
- father knows best
- I know better.