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1972, (w), ''Hey Sandy''
- “The air was still with the lonely thrill of 'now the hour is near' And the smell of sweat was better yet than the awful stench of fear.”
''The engine runs better now that I've given it some oil.''
c. 1603, (w), ''(w)'', Act I scene iiihttp://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=othello:
- I could never better stead thee than now.(..)
- “I’ve had enough of cycling with you chaps. I can spend my Sundays better than in tormenting cats and quarrelling and fighting.”
''The top electric vehicles have a range of 300 kilometres or better.'' (''better'' = greater)
''Only one swimmer finished the race with a time better than two minutes.'' (''better'' = lesser)
(rfc-sense) better|Had better.
''You better do that if you know what's good for you.''
''He quickly found Ali his better in the ring.''
- Their betters would hardly be found.
''It's getting late. You better get on home.''
(RQ:Wordsworth From the sam)
- Love betters what is best.
(RQ:Thackeray Vanity Fair)
- He thought to better his circumstances.
(RQ:Macaulay History of England)
To become better; to improve.
''This government will better this society''
To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
- The works of nature do always aim at that which can not be bettered.
To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.
(alternative spelling of)
quite recovered from illness
that which is better, something better or superior