better 英 [ˈbetə(r)] 美 [ˈbɛtɚ]
adv. 更好地； adj. 较好的
进行时:bettering 过去式:bettered 过去分词:bettered 第三人称单数:betters 名词复数:betters
- Something better is improved — like when a more advanced computer comes out, or you feel better after a cold.
- adv. 更好地；
- adj. 较好的
1. Her work is getting better and better.
2. She sings much better than I do.
3. She's far better at science than her brother.
4. You'll like her when you know her better.
5. Don't go back to work until you are better.
- better (adj., adv.) Old English bettra, earlier betera "of superior quality or excellence," from Proto-Germanic *batizo-, from PIE *bhad- "good;" for etymology and evolution, see best. Cognate words also have become the comparative adjective of good in the older Germanic languages (Old Frisian betera, Old Saxon betiro, Old Norse betr, Danish bedre, Old High German bezziro, German besser, Gothic batiza). All are comparatives of a positive (Proto-Germanic *bat) which is not in use.
- better (n.1) late 12c., "that which is better," from better (adj.). Specific meaning "one's superior" is from early 14c. The better "improvement" (as in for the better) is from 1690s. To get the better of someone "obtain mastery or victory over" is from 1650s, from better in a sense of "superiority, mastery," which is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Betters.
- better (n.2) "one who lays wagers;" see bettor.
- better (v.) Old English *beterian "improve, amend, make better," from Proto-Germanic *batizojan (source also of Old Frisian beteria, Dutch beteren, Old Norse betra, Old High German baziron, German bessern), from *batizo- (see better (adj.)). Meaning "exceed, surpass, outdo" is from 1540s. Related: Bettered; bettering.