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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
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.
to defeat someone or deal successfully with a problem
for the better
in a way that improves the situation
change for the better
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.
people who are more important than you or deserve more respect
➔ elders and betters
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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