(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. mend, correct, relieve. See improvement, superiority.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Superior]
Syn. greater, finer, preferred, preferable, surpassing, excelling, improved, more suitable, more deSirable, more favorable, more virtuous; see also best 1 , excellent .
2. [Thought of as somewhat exclusive]
Syn. more select, of higher quality, more refined, more aloof, more noteworthy, more distinguished, more sophisticated, politer, posher*, classier*.
Ant. common*, vulgar, popular.
3. [Recovering health]
Syn. convalescent, improved in health, stronger, recovering, convalescing, improving, on the road to recovery, mending, progressing, on the mend*.
Ant. sick*, failing, wasting away.
4. [Larger]
Syn. bigger, preponderant, weightier, more; see large 1 , more 2 .
for better or worse,
Syn. regardless, in any event, no matter what happens; see anyhow 1 , notwithstanding .
for the better,
Syn. favorable, fortunate, resulting in improvement, to a better condition; see helpful 1 , hopeful 2 .
get or [m1]have the better of ,
Syn. outdo, overcome, defeat, outwit; see defeat 1 , 2 , 3 , surpass , win 1 .
1. [To improve]
Syn. ameliorate, revamp, refine; see improve 1 .
2. [To surpass]
Syn. outdo, improve upon, top; see exceed , surpass .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
improve, enrich, advance, promote, upgrade.
finer, superior, surpassing, topping, first-rate, preeminent, peerless, supreme, excelling.
ANT.: worse, inferior, lower
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adverb To a greater extent: more. See BIG. II noun 1. One who stands above another in rank: elder, senior, superior. Informal: higher-up. See OVER. 2. A dominating position, as in a conflict: advantage, bulge, draw, drop, edge, superiority, upper hand, vantage. Informal: inside track, jump. See OVER. III verb 1. To advance to a more desirable state: ameliorate, amend, help, improve, meliorate, upgrade. See HELP. 2. To be greater or better than: best, exceed, excel, outdo, outmatch, outrun, outshine, outstrip, pass, surpass, top, transcend. Informal: beat. Idioms: go beyond, go one better. See BIG.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Of greater excellence than another: preferable, superior. See BETTER. 2. Much more than half: best, greater, larger, largest, most. See BETTER, BIG.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun See bettor.

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