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adjective     better pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    more satisfactory, appropriate, pleasant, effective, or of higher quality, etc.

    She’s trying to find a better job.

    better than:

    The results were better than we had expected.

    get better (=improve):

    The situation is unlikely to get better in the foreseeable future.

    much/far/a lot better:

    I can think of far better ways of spending a million dollars.

    little/no better:

    There was a growing economic crisis in Asia, and things were no better in Europe.

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    1. a.
      more skillful

      Maggie’s a better cook than I’ll ever be.

      better at:

      Alec is a lot better at sports than I am.

  2. 2
    used for saying that someone is not as sick as they were before, or that something is not as painful as it was before

    Is your headache any better?

    You’ll feel better when you’ve had something to eat.

    She’s a little better today, but I think she should stay in bed.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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