• Comparative form or more of well
  • Greater or lesser (whichever is seen as more advantageous), in reference to value, distance, time, etc.
  • Had better.



  • Had better.
  • To improve.
  • To become better; to improve.
  • To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.
  • To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.


  • From Middle English better, bettre, betre, from Old English betera ("better"), from Proto-Germanic *batizô ("better"), from Proto-Indo-European, from *bʰed-. Cognate with Sanskrit भद्र ("blessed, fortunate, happy, good"). For Germanic cognates: see *batizô. Related to best and battle. Compare also Icelandic batna ("to improve"), bót, German besser. More at batten, boot.
  • Shortening of had better ('d better)
  • From Middle English beteren, from Old English beterian, betrian, from Proto-Germanic *batizōną. Cognate with West Frisian betterje, Dutch beteren, German bessern, Danish bedre, Swedish bättra.
  • Alternate spelling of bettor or modern formation from the verb to bet.

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