For the better
Better Bet"ter, n. 1. Advantage, superiority, or victory; -- usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy. [1913 Webster]

2. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

Their betters would hardly be found. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{For the better}, in the way of improvement; so as to produce improvement. ``If I have altered him anywhere for the better.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


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  • for the better — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} With a better result; for something that is better. * /The doctor felt that moving Father to a dry climate would be for the better./ * /The new large print in the book is a change for the better./ Compare: TAKE A TURN.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the better — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} With a better result; for something that is better. * /The doctor felt that moving Father to a dry climate would be for the better./ * /The new large print in the book is a change for the better./ Compare: TAKE A TURN.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take a turn for the better — {v. phr.} To start improving; start to get better. * /Aunt Hermione was very ill for a long time, but last week she suddenly took a turn for the better./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take a turn for the better — {v. phr.} To start improving; start to get better. * /Aunt Hermione was very ill for a long time, but last week she suddenly took a turn for the better./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the worse — {adj. phr.} or {adv. phr.} For something that is worse or not as good, with a worse result. * /He bought a new car but it turned out to be for the worse./ * /The sick man s condition changed for the worse./ Compare: TAKE A TURN. Contrast: FOR THE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for the worse — {adj. phr.} or {adv. phr.} For something that is worse or not as good, with a worse result. * /He bought a new car but it turned out to be for the worse./ * /The sick man s condition changed for the worse./ Compare: TAKE A TURN. Contrast: FOR THE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong — Infobox Political party party name =The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong 民主建港協進聯盟 party logo = leader1 title =Chairman leader1 name =Tam Yiu Chung colorcode =Blue foundation =10 July 1992 headquarters =12/F, SUP… …   Wikipedia

  • All the better — 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

  • All the better — All All, adv. 1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. And cheeks all pale. Byron. [1913 Webster] Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take a turn for the worse — See: FOR THE WORSE. Contrast: TAKE A TURN FOR THE BETTER …   Dictionary of American idioms

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