Better Bet"ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bettered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bettering}.] [AS. beterian, betrian, fr. betera better. See {Better}, a.] 1. To improve or ameliorate; to increase the good qualities of. [1913 Webster]

Love betters what is best. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

He thought to better his circumstances. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise. [1913 Webster]

The constant effort of every man to better himself. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel. [1913 Webster]

The works of nature do always aim at that which can not be bettered. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

4. To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Weapons more violent, when next we meet, May serve to better us and worse our foes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To improve; meliorate; ameliorate; mend; amend; correct; emend; reform; advance; promote. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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