A superior, as in standing, competence, or intelligence. Usually used in the plural: to learn from one's betters. To make better; improve: trying to better conditions in the prison; bettered myself by changing jobs. See Synonyms at improve. Greater in excellence or higher in quality. More useful, suitable, or desirable: found a better way to go; a suit with a better fit than that one. More highly skilled or adept: I am better at math than English. Greater or larger: argued for the better part of an hour. More advantageous or favorable; improved: a better chance of success. Healthier or more fit than before: The patient is better today. In a more excellent way. To a greater extent or degree: better suited to the job; likes it better without sauce. To greater advantage; preferably: a deed better left undone. See Usage Notes at best, have, rather. More: It took me better than a year to recover. One that is greater in excellence or higher in quality. To surpass or exceed. To become better. better off In a better or more prosperous condition: would be better off taking the train instead of driving; felt better off after the rise in stock prices. for the better Resulting in or aiming at an improvement: Her condition took a turn for the better. get To outdo or outwit; defeat. think better of To change one's mind about (a course of action) after reconsideration: I almost bought an expensive watch, but then I thought better of it. Variant of bettor.