How to use
comparative of well
to a higher standard or quality
He can speak French a lot better than I can.
Your bike will run better if you oil it.
➔ fare better
to a higher degree
She knows this town better than you do.
I think I like the red one better.
for his TV work.
used to give advice about what someone should do or to say what you should do or need to do
I'd better go and get ready.
I think you'd better ask Jo first.
Better just check she's okay.
had better not
it is not a good idea
used to threaten someone
You'd better keep your mouth shut about this.
In speech, people usually shorten
and may not pronounce it at all. But do not leave out
You'd better come here (NOT You better)!
to perform better or reach a higher standard
We did better than all the other schools.
You can do better than that!
the sooner the better/the bigger the better etc
used to emphasize that you would prefer something to happen as soon as possible, want something to be as big as possible etc
School finishes at the end of the week, and the sooner the better as far as I'm concerned.
The younger you start learning a language, the better you'll speak it.
go one better (than somebody)
to do something more successfully than someone else
The following year Lewis went one better by winning the gold medal.
Of course, they had to go one better and have the whole garden redesigned.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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