better : Common Errors in English

About better

When Chuck says “I better get my research started; the paper’s duetomorrow,” he means “I had better,” abbreviated in speech to “I’dbetter.” The same pattern is followed for “he’d better,” “she’d better,” and “they’d better.”

better Meaning(s)

  • (a) (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
  • (r) comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.
  • (n) the superior one of two alternatives
  • (s) deserving of esteem and respect
  • (n) something superior in quality or condition or effect
  • (n) someone who bets
  • (n) a superior person having claim to precedence
  • (v) surpass in excellence
  • (v) to make better
  • (v) get better
  • (a) (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
  • (n) benefit
  • (s) (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
  • (n) moral excellence or admirableness
  • (s) more than half
  • (n) that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
  • (r) from a position of superiority or authority
  • (a) having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
  • (s) having the normally expected amount
  • (a) morally admirable
  • (s) promoting or enhancing well-being
  • (s) agreeable or pleasing
  • (s) of moral excellence
  • (s) having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
  • (s) thorough
  • (n) articles of commerce
  • (s) with or in a close or intimate relationship
  • (s) financially sound
  • (s) most suitable or right for a particular purpose
  • (s) resulting favorably
  • (s) exerting force or influence
  • (s) capable of pleasing
  • (s) appealing to the mind
  • (s) in excellent physical condition
  • (s) tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
  • (s) not forged
  • (s) not left to spoil
  • (s) generally admired
  • (r) (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well')
  • (r) completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')
  • (n) a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
  • (n) a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
  • (n) an abundant source
  • (n) an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
  • (n) an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps
  • (v) come up, as of a liquid
  • (a) in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury
  • (s) resulting favorably
  • (s) wise or advantageous and hence advisable
  • (r) (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well')
  • (r) thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form
  • (r) indicating high probability; in all likelihood
  • (r) (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully
  • (r) to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree
  • (r) favorably; with approval
  • (r) to a great extent or degree
  • (r) with great or especially intimate knowledge
  • (r) with prudence or propriety
  • (r) with skill or in a pleasing manner
  • (r) in a manner affording benefit or advantage
  • (r) in financial comfort
  • (r) without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor

better in News

  1. Better Days Animal League opens low-cost clinic in McConnellsburg to address pet over-population

    McCONNELLSBURG -- Better Days Animal League recently opened a Low Cost Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic in the Penn s Village Shopping Center in McConnellsburg.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Chambersburg Public Opinion

  2. Better Business Bureau Warns of Tree Removal Scammers

    The Better Business Bureau says this is the time when folks need to be careful when it comes to hiring companies to remove trees from their property.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: WHSV Harrisonburg

  3. Better weather, more crews stem Eastern Oregon fires

    PORTLAND — Better weather and more firefighters have slowed grassland blazes in Eastern Oregon. Mark Wilkening, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said today that the crews think they have a handle on the Malheur County fires that were caused by lightning and driven two days by …
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Register-Guard

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