English Synonyms and Antonyms
To amend is to change for the better by removing faults, errors, or defects, and always refers to that which at some point falls short of a standard of excellence. Advance, better, and improve may refer either to what is quite imperfect or to what has reached a high degree of excellence; we advance the kingdom of God, improve the minds of our children, better the morals of the people. But for matters below the point of ordinary approval we seldom use these words; we do not speak of bettering a wretched alley, or improving a foul sewer. There we use cleanse, purify, or similar words. We correct evils, reform abuses, rectify incidental conditions of evil or error; we ameliorate poverty and misery, which we can not wholly remove. We mend a tool, repair a building, correct proof; we amend character or conduct that is faulty, or a statement or law that is defective. A text, writing, or statement is amended by the author or by some adequate authority; it is often emended by conjecture. A motion is amended by the mover or by the assembly; a constitution is amended by the people; an ancient text is emended by a critic who believes that what seems to him the better reading is what the author wrote. Compare ALLEVIATE.
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something superior in quality or condition or effect
"a change for the better"
bettor, better, wagerer, punternoun
someone who bets
a superior person having claim to precedence
"the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"
the superior one of two alternatives
"chose the better of the two"
(comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another
"You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din"; "a better coat"; "a better type of car"; "a suit with a better fit"; "a better chance of success"; "produced a better mousetrap"; "she's better in math than in history"
(comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
"her health is better now"; "I feel better"
(comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
"it would be better to speak to him"; "the White House thought it best not to respond"
more than half
"argued for the better part of an hour"
surpass in excellence
"She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
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better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateverb
to make better
"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
better, improve, ameliorate, meliorateadverb
"The weather improved toward evening"
comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.
"She had never sung better"; "a deed better left undone"; "better suited to the job"
from a position of superiority or authority
"father knows best"; "I know better."
in a higher degree, improved, higher qualitySubmitted by Soulwriter on June 1, 2021
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How to use Better in a sentence?
Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.
Im working at a higher frequency than I was when I was just kind of winging it, theres a lot more thought put into my work now, so I do believe that Im in a better place and I like that Ive grown up a lot. Im not a self-absorbed lunatic anymore.
A principled stand, however, often requires a pragmatic outlook in order to meet with success. I look forward to new beginnings in the 116th Congress, where with leadership's help, I will continue to advocate for these changes so that this body can better fulfill its constitutional roles.
Here I do much better.
We're in an incredibly polarized situation, so it's quite nice sometimes to go back and look at things with rose-tinted glasses, simplistically you could say they were simpler, much better times. That's not the case at all. But it's fun. It's a musical. It's based on one of the best comedies ever written.
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- по-добре, подобрявамBulgarian
- millorarCatalan, Valencian
- mejorar, mejor, mejoresSpanish
- بهبودن, بهبودیPersian
- migliorare, meglioItalian
- טוב יותרHebrew
- bedre, forbedreNorwegian
- melhorar, melhorPortuguese
- îmbunătăți, mai bineRomanian
- bóljše, bóljeSlovene
- förbättra, bättreSwedish
- tốt hơnVietnamese
- gudikumo, gudükumönVolapük
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