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  1. 1
    more satisfactory, suitable, 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 pounds.

    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 skilful

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

      better at:

      Alec is a lot better at sport than I am.

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

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

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

    Is your headache any better?

    better for something (=healthier as a result of something):

    I had a good rest, and I’m feeling a lot better for it.



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