For the better


For the better
Better Bet"ter, n. 1. Advantage, superiority, or victory; -- usually with of; as, to get the better of an enemy. [1913 Webster]

2. One who has a claim to precedence; a superior, as in merit, social standing, etc.; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

Their betters would hardly be found. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{For the better}, in the way of improvement; so as to produce improvement. ``If I have altered him anywhere for the better.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


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  • for the better — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} With a better result; for something that is better. * /The doctor felt that moving Father to a dry climate would be for the better./ * /The new large print in the book is a change for the better./ Compare: TAKE A TURN.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • take a turn for the better — {v. phr.} To start improving; start to get better. * /Aunt Hermione was very ill for a long time, but last week she suddenly took a turn for the better./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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