- Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air."Could make the worse appear The better reason." [Milton.]
- Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness, acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect."To obey is better than sacrifice." [1 Sam. xv. 22.]"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes." [Ps. cxviii. 9.]
- Greater in amount; larger; more.
- Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the patient is better .
- More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance; a better knowledge of the subject.
Etymology: OE. betere bettre, and as adv. bet, AS. betera, adj., and bet, adv.; akin to Icel. betri, adj., betr, adv., Goth. batiza, adj., OHG. bezziro, adj., baz, adv., G. besser, adj. and adv., bass, adv., E. boot, and prob. to Skr. bhadra excellent. See Boot advantage, and cf. Best Batful