3 noun

the better

the one that is higher in quality, more suitable etc when you are comparing two similar people or things:
It's hard to decide which one's the better.

get the better of somebody

a) if your feelings or wishes get the better of you, they make you behave in a way you would not normally behave:
My curiosity finally got the better of me and I opened the letter.
I think her nerves got the better of her.
b) to defeat someone or deal successfully with a problem

for the better

in a way that improves the situation:
The President's fortunes seem, at last, to have taken a turn for the better (=started to improve).

so much the better

used to say that something would be even better or bring even more advantages:
If they can do them both at the same time, then so much the better.

be all the better for something

to be improved by a particular action, change etc:
I think it's all the better for that extra ten minutes' cooking.

for better or (for) worse

used to say that something must be accepted, whether it is good or bad, because it cannot be changed:
Work is, for better or worse, becoming more flexible nowadays.

your betters

old-fashioned people who are more important than you or deserve more respect

➔ elders and betters

at elder2 (2)

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