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adjective better pronunciation in British English /ˈbetə(r)/
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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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