To think better of
Better Bet"ter, adv.; compar. of {Well}. 1. In a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success; as, Henry writes better than John; veterans fight better than recruits. [1913 Webster]

I could have better spared a better man. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. More correctly or thoroughly. [1913 Webster]

The better to understand the extent of our knowledge. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. In a higher or greater degree; more; as, to love one better than another. [1913 Webster]

Never was monarch better feared, and loved. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc.; as, ten miles and better. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{To think better of} (any one), to have a more favorable opinion of any one.

{To think better of} (an opinion, resolution, etc.), to reconsider and alter one's decision. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To think better of — Think Think, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thought}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thinking}.] [OE. thinken, properly, to seem, from AS. [thorn]yncean (cf. {Methinks}), but confounded with OE. thenken to think, fr. AS. [thorn]encean (imp. [thorn][=o]hte); akin to D.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To think better of — Better Bet ter, adv.; compar. of {Well}. 1. In a superior or more excellent manner; with more skill and wisdom, courage, virtue, advantage, or success; as, Henry writes better than John; veterans fight better than recruits. [1913 Webster] I could …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To think much of — Think Think, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thought}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thinking}.] [OE. thinken, properly, to seem, from AS. [thorn]yncean (cf. {Methinks}), but confounded with OE. thenken to think, fr. AS. [thorn]encean (imp. [thorn][=o]hte); akin to D.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To think well of — Think Think, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thought}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thinking}.] [OE. thinken, properly, to seem, from AS. [thorn]yncean (cf. {Methinks}), but confounded with OE. thenken to think, fr. AS. [thorn]encean (imp. [thorn][=o]hte); akin to D.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • think better of — {v.} To change your mind about; to consider again and make a better decision about. * /John told his mother he wanted to leave school, but later he thought better of it./ Compare: SECOND THOUGHT, THINK TWICE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • think better of — {v.} To change your mind about; to consider again and make a better decision about. * /John told his mother he wanted to leave school, but later he thought better of it./ Compare: SECOND THOUGHT, THINK TWICE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • think better of — verb To change ones mind concerning, especially to decide against. He got halfway out the door, thought better of it, and decided to stay home, instead. Syn: reconsider …   Wiktionary

  • think better of — phrasal to reconsider and make a wiser decision …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To be better off — Better Bet ter, a.; compar. of Good. [OE. betere, bettre, and as adv. bet, AS. betera, adj., and bet, adv.; akin to Icel. betri, adj., betr, adv., Goth. batiza, adj., OHG. bezziro, adj., baz, adv., G. besser, adj. and adv., bass, adv., E. boot,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To think good — Good Good, a. [Compar. {Better}; superl. {Best}. These words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are from a different root.] [AS. G[=o]d, akin to D. goed, OS. g[=o]d, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. g[=o][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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