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  ( betters    plural & 3rd person present)   ( bettering    present participle)   ( bettered    past tense & past participle  )
1    Better is the comparative of good.  
2    Better is the comparative of well.  
3       adv   If you like one thing betterthan another, you like it more.  
ADV after v  
I like your interpretation better than the one I was taught..., They liked it better when it rained.     
4       adj   If you are better after an illness or injury, you have recovered from it. If you feel better, you no longer feel so ill.  
v-link ADJ  
He is much better now, he's fine..., The doctors were saying there wasn't much hope of me getting better.     
5       phrase   You use had better or 'd better when you are advising, warning, or threatening someone, or expressing an opinion about what should happen.  
It's half past two. I think we had better go home..., You'd better run if you're going to get your ticket...     
      In spoken English, people sometimes use better without `had' or `be' before it. It has the same meaning.  
Better not say too much aloud.     
6       pron   If you say that you expect or deserve better, you mean that you expect or deserve a higher standard of achievement, behaviour, or treatment from people than they have shown you.  
Our long-suffering mining communities deserve better than this.     
7       verb   If someone betters a high achievement or standard, they achieve something higher.  
He recorded a time of 4 minutes 23, bettering the old record of 4-24...      V n  
8       verb   If you better your situation, you improve your social status or the quality of your life. If you betteryourself, you improve your social status.  
He had dedicated his life to bettering the lot of the oppressed people of South Africa...      V n  
Our parents chose to come here with the hope of bettering themselves.      V pron-refl  
9    Better is used to form the comparative of compound adjectives beginning with `good' and `well.' For example, the comparative of `well-off' is `better-off.'  
10    You can say that someone is better doing one thing than another, or it is better doing one thing than another, to advise someone about what they should do.  
be better doing sth/it is better doing sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR -ing, PHR -ed  
Wouldn't it be better putting a time-limit on the task?..., Subjects like this are better left alone.     
11    If something changes for the better, it improves.  
for the better      phrase   PHR after v  
He dreams of changing the world for the better.     
12    If a feeling such as jealousy, curiosity, or anger gets the better of you, it becomes too strong for you to hide or control.  
to get the better of sb      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
She didn't allow her emotions to get the better of her.     
13    If you get the better of someone, you defeat them in a contest, fight, or argument.  
to get the better of sb      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
He is used to tough defenders, and he usually gets the better of them.     
14    If someone knows betterthan to do something, they are old enough or experienced enough to know it is the wrong thing to do.  
to know better      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR than to-inf  
She knew better than to argue with Adeline...     
15    If you know betterthan someone, you have more information, knowledge, or experience than them.  
to know better      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR than n  
He thought he knew better than I did, though he was much less experienced...     
16    If you say that someone would be better off doing something, you are advising them to do it or expressing the opinion that it would benefit them to do it.  
be better off      phrase   PHR -ing/prep/adv  
If you've got bags you're better off taking a taxi...     
17    If you go one better, you do something better than it has been done before or obtain something better than someone else has.  
go one better      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR than n  
Now General Electric have gone one better than nature and made a diamond purer than the best quality natural diamonds.     
18    You say `That's better' in order to express your approval of what someone has said or done, or to praise or encourage them.  
that's better      convention  
`I came to ask your advice<endash>no, to ask for your help.'—`That's better. And how can I help you?'     
19    You can say `so much the better' or `all the better' to indicate that it is desirable that a particular thing is used, done, or available.  
all/so much the better      phrase  
Use strong white flour, and if you can get hold of durum wheat flour, then so much the better...     
20    You can use expressions like `The bigger the better' or `The sooner the better' to say that you would prefer it if something is big or happens soon.  
the bigger/sooner/smaller etc the better      phrase  
The Irish love a party, the bigger the better...     
21    If you intend to do something and then think better of it, you decide not to do it because you realize it would not be sensible.  
to think better of it      phrase   V inflects  
Alberg opened his mouth, as if to protest. But he thought better of it.     
22    If you say that something has happened or been done for better or worse, you mean that you are not sure whether the consequences will be good or bad, but they will have to be accepted because the action cannot be changed.  
for better or (for) worse      phrase   PHR after v, PHR with cl  
I married you for better or worse, knowing all about these problems.     
    against your better judgment  
    to be better than nothing  
    the better part  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
extremely bad
about humans
humorous term for soulmate, partner, spouse
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
change something into something better
Jesus can fanute water into wine.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too
be stupid
expression used when someone becomes irritating
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french
be exactly right
[Fam.] Ex.: Her guess was right on the money.
expression used when nothing is going well
be in a good shape
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
be more successful than others in a competitive situation or do things in advance in order to succeed in a competition.
That basketball team was ahead of the game that is why they won!
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