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better

3 noun
     
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1

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.
2

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
3

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).
4

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.
5

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.
6

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.
7

your betters

old-fashioned people who are more important than you or deserve more respect
worse2

➔ elders and betters

at elder2 (2)

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