better
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in comparisons)
a. mejor
I think the blue cushion is better for your sofa than the yellow.Creo que el almohadón azul es mejor para tu sofá que el amarillo.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (in comparisons)
a. mejor
Everybody in the band can sing better than me.Todos en la banda pueden cantar mejor que yo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (superior of two)
a. el mejor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la mejor
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She is the better of the two sisters at dancing.Es la mejor de las dos hermanas en baile.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to improve)
a. mejorar
She bettered herself with great effort.Mejoró su posición con un gran esfuerzo.
betters
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (superiors)
a. los superiores
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I was shocked to see him talk to his betters in that way.Me sorprendió verlo hablar así a sus superiores.
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better
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I expected better of youesperaba más de ti
you should respect your (elders and) bettersdeberías guardar respeto a tus mayores
to change for the bettercambiar para mejor
to get the better of somebodypoder con alguien
his shyness got the better of himpudo más su timidez
the sooner/faster the bettercuanto antes/más rapido, mejor
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (general)
a. mejor
to be betterestar mejor
to get bettermejorar
he's better at tennis than his brotherjuega al tenis mejor que su hermano
she's better at chemistry than himse le da mejor la química que a él
it would be better for you to gomás vale que te vayas
that's better¡así está mejor!
better luck next time!¡a ver si hay más suerte la próxima vez!
it took the better part of a weekllevó casi toda una semana
to have seen better dayshaber visto mejores tiempos
3. (fam hum) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
my better halfmi media naranja
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (general)
a. mejor
I am feeling betterme siento mejor
to get to know somebody betterir conociendo mejor a alguien
better and bettercada vez mejor
so much the better, all the bettertanto mejor
for better or worsepara bien o para mal
you had better not staymás vale que no te quedes
to think better of itcambiar de idea, pensárselo mejor
to think better of somebody (for doing something)tener mejor concepto de alguien (por haber hecho algo)
to be better offestar mejor
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (improve)
a. superar
6. (surpass)
a. mejorar
she wants to better herselfquiere mejorar su situación
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better [ˈbetəʳ]
adjective
(compar) mejor
he is better than you es mejor que tú; he's much better (Med) está mucho mejor; that's better! ¡eso es!; it is better to más vale
better and better cada vez mejor
she is better at dancing than her sister se le da mejor bailar a ella que a su hermana
she is better at Spanish than at German
it couldn't be better no podría ser mejor
these products are better for the environment estos productos son mejores para el medio ambiente
to get better mejorar; (Med) mejorar(se); reponerse
he's no better than a thief no es más que un ladrón
she's no better than she ought to be es una mujer que tiene historia
to go one better hacer mejor todavía;than que
it lasted the better part of a year duró la mayor parte del año
the sooner the better cuanto antes mejor
it would be better to go now sería mejor irse ya
adverb
(compar) mejor
all the better tanto mejor
so you're both coming — all the better! así es que venís los dos, ¡tanto mejor!; I feel all the better for having confided in someone me siento mucho mejor después de haberme confiado a alguien
"what big eyes you have" — "all the [better] to see you with!"
he was all the better for it le hizo mucho bien; it would be all the better for a drop of paint no le vendría mal una mano de pintura
I had better go más vale que me vaya; mejor me vaya; especially (LAm)
he thinks he knows better cree que se lo sabe todo
at his age he ought to know better a la edad que tiene debería tener más juicio; but he knew better than to ... pero sabía que no se debía ...; he knows better than the experts sabe más que los expertos
they are better off than we are están mejor de dinero que nosotros
you'd be better off staying where you are te convendría más quedarte
so much the better tanto mejor
write to her or, better still, go and see her escríbele o, mejor aún, vete a verla
they withdrew, the better to resist se retiraron para poder resistir mejor
to think better of it cambiar de parecer
noun
1 el/la mejor
it's a change for the better es una mejora
to get the better of (beat) vencer; quedar por encima de
for better or worse para bien o mal
2
my betters mis superiores
transitive verb
mejorar; [+record, score] superar
to better o.s. (financially) mejorar su posición; (culturally, educationally) superarse
better [ˈbetəʳ]
noun
(gambler) apostadoraapostadora (m) (f);a apostadora
like most betters, I tended to exaggerate my winnings sports betters, whenever you cash a big bet, give a little of it to charity
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