1. better, good, goodness

usage: something superior in quality or condition or effect; "a change for the better"

2. bettor, better, wagerer, punter, gambler

usage: someone who bets

3. better, superior, higher-up, superordinate

usage: a superior person having claim to precedence; "the common man has been kept in his place by his betters"

4. better, good, goodness

usage: the superior one of two alternatives; "chose the better of the two"


1. better, break, surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform

usage: surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"

2. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate, change, alter, modify

usage: to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

3. better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate, change state, turn

usage: get better; "The weather improved toward evening"


1. better (vs. worse), amended, finer, improved

usage: (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another; "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din"; "a better coat"; "a better type of car"; "a suit with a better fit"; "a better chance of success"; "produced a better mousetrap"; "she's better in math than in history"

2. better (vs. worse), fitter, healthier

usage: (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; "her health is better now"; "I feel better"

3. better(predicate), best(predicate), advisable (vs. inadvisable)

usage: (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be better to speak to him"; "the White House thought it best not to respond"

4. better, major (vs. minor)

usage: more than half; "argued for the better part of an hour"


1. better (vs. worse), amended, finer, improved

usage: having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"

2. better (vs. worse), fitter, healthier

usage: having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here"

3. better(predicate), best(predicate), advisable (vs. inadvisable)

usage: morally admirable

4. better, major (vs. minor)

usage: deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name"

5. good (vs. bad), bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(predicate), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing, good enough, goodish, hot, redeeming(prenominal), satisfactory, acceptable, solid, superb, well-behaved, well behaved, best, better, favorable#1, favourable, good, obedient, respectable

usage: promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her"

6. full, good, ample (vs. meager)

usage: agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good manners"

7. good (vs. evil), angelic, angelical, beatific, saintlike, saintly, sainted, goody-goody, redemptive, redeeming(prenominal), saving(prenominal), white, good, moral, right, righteous, virtuous, worthy

usage: of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"

8. estimable, good, honorable, respectable, reputable (vs. disreputable)

usage: having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching"

9. beneficial, good, advantageous (vs. disadvantageous)

usage: thorough; "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning"

10. good, nice (vs. nasty)

usage: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

11. good, just, upright, righteous (vs. unrighteous)

usage: financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment"

12. adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful, skilled (vs. unskilled)

usage: most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes"

13. good, complete (vs. incomplete)

usage: resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well"

14. dear, good, near, close (vs. distant)

usage: exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)"

15. dependable, good, safe, secure, sound (vs. unsound)

usage: capable of pleasing; "good looks"

16. good, right, ripe, opportune (vs. inopportune)

usage: appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book"

17. good, well(predicate), fortunate (vs. unfortunate)

usage: in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body"

18. effective, good, in effect(predicate), in force(predicate), operative (vs. inoperative)

usage: tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air"

19. good, pleasing (vs. displeasing)

usage: not forged; "a good dollar bill"

20. good, serious, intellectual (vs. nonintellectual)

usage: not left to spoil; "the meat is still good"

21. good, sound, healthy (vs. unhealthy)

usage: generally admired; "good taste"


1. better (vs. worse), amended, finer, improved

usage: in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury; "appears to be entirely well"; "the wound is nearly well"; "a well man"; "I think I'm well; at least I feel well"

2. better (vs. worse), fitter, healthier

usage: resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well"

3. better(predicate), best(predicate), advisable (vs. inadvisable)

usage: wise or advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be well to start early"


1. better

usage: comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.; "She had never sung better"; "a deed better left undone"; "better suited to the job"

2. better, best

usage: from a position of superiority or authority; "father knows best"; "I know better."


1. better

usage: (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); "the children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis"; "a well-seasoned dish"; "a well-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good"

2. better, best

usage: thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form; "The problem is well understood"; "she was well informed"; "shake well before using"; "in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"; "well-done beef", "well-satisfied customers"; "well-educated"

3. well, good

usage: indicating high probability; in all likelihood; "I might well do it"; "a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"; "you may well need your umbrella"; "he could equally well be trying to deceive us"

4. well

usage: (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully; "a book well worth reading"; "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"; "suspected only too well what might be going on"

5. well, easily

usage: to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree; "the project was well underway"; "the fetus has well developed organs"; "his father was well pleased with his grades"

6. well

usage: favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book"

7. well

usage: to a great extent or degree; "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"; "painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"; "the house has fallen considerably in value"; "the price went up substantially"

8. well

usage: with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well"

9. well, considerably, substantially

usage: with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"

10. well, intimately

usage: with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well"

11. well

usage: in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"

12. well

usage: in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"

13. well, advantageously

usage: without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"

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