better - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    in a way that is more satisfactory, suitable, pleasant, effective, successful etc

    The machine works better if you change the oil regularly.

    do better:

    Why was it that everyone else did better than me in the exams?

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  2. 2
    used for saying that one person or thing is liked or known more than another
    like someone/something better:

    I’ve always liked Susan better than her sister.

    better known:

    Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto is better known than his first.

    like nothing better than (to do) something (=like something more than anything else):

    The Duchess likes nothing better than a walk in the park with her dog.

    1. a.
      used for saying that one person or thing is famous in one way or for one reason rather than another

      Blake is better remembered as a poet than as a painter.

      better known for/as:

      a city that is better known for its crime record than for its cultural heritage

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