Translation of better in Spanish:

better

mejor, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈbɛdər/ /ˈbɛtə/

adjective

  • 1

    → comparative of good
    • 1.1

      (quality/doctor/method/price) mejor
      his tennis is better now ahora juega mejor al tenis
      • he's better at playing the guitar than at singing toca la guitarra mejor de lo que canta
      • fruit's much better for you than candy la fruta es mucho más sana que los caramelos
      • I've got an even better idea tengo una idea aún mejor
      • things couldn't be better todo va de maravilla
      • I'll just take these shoes off … ah, that's better me voy a quitar los zapatos … ¡uf … qué alivio!
      • what do you think of the wine? — I've tasted better ¿qué te parece el vino? — los he probado mejores
      • to get better mejorar
      • her playing gets better and better cada vez toca mejor
      • the bigger/quicker the better cuanto más grande/rápido mejor
      • the less said about it the better cuanto menos se hable del tema mejor
      • the garden looks all the better for the rain la lluvia le ha venido bien al jardín
      • if they can both come, so much the better si pueden venir los dos, mucho / tanto mejor
      • I feel none the better for knowing that she has failed as well no es ningún consuelo saber que ella tampoco lo ha logrado
      • have you got nothing better to do than … ? ¿no tienes nada mejor que hacer que … ?
      • he's moved on to better things since then desde entonces se ha superado mucho
      • to be better than one's word cumplir con creces lo prometido
      • The high street is getting better at delivering good, fashionable styles and is great for an instant trend hit.
      • Get someone else to do it preferably someone who is better at it than you are.
      • Now does that mean we all can't be a little better at what we do or be a little more responsible?
      • Every girl has something on her mind that she wishes she were better at, or did less or more of.
      • In actual fact we'll get better at doing all this stuff in future years, right?
      • Swindon is getting better at recycling but is still not good enough.
      • So we are getting better at it, but when someone comes after you, you have to go back at them.
      • As usual, expect me to steal many of Marcia's links, because she's much better at finding them than I am.
      • I can't skip rope worth a damn, so this is one of the first things they're way better at than I am.
      • Unfortunately he's better at Playstation than I am, so I don't think I won anything.
      • The movement that has always been best at spontaneity is going to have to become better at synthesis.
      • I think in these past five years, Mike and I have gotten much better at setting up grooves.
      • They need to be more focused and the Irish are getting better at it, she says.
      • Blood is better at killing bacteria than muscle, so addicts who insist on injecting are being told to hit a vein instead.
      • We are getting better at being variety conscious, and supermarkets must display the variety at point of sale.
      • Darling's HOV lane is typical of a government better at style than substance.
      • Maybe Microsoft just happens to be truly better at security than Linux?
      • Kim wasn't there, but luckily we're getting better at managing problems on our own.
      • Smaller, lighter cars are much better at taking evasive action and are therefore much less likely to crash at all.
      • We have the potential to be heard better, so we should take advantage of this.
      • My message is that hostility can be turned to our advantage if we're better, smarter, wiser at the end of the season.
      • Both the winner and the runner-up will be seen to better advantage over a longer trip.
      • The runner up came from a long way back and should be seen to better advantage over an extended trip.
      • So you have the better advantage of learning a new art form and keeping in good shape.
      • Will he also explain how a fair tax burden delivers appropriate and better public services?
      • Instead, his flight team altered his projected route to take advantage of better winds.
      • Such rates will be relied on, however, only where no better guide is appropriate or available.
      • What better time to take advantage of the tranquility and beauty of Siam Country Club!
      • Now they defiantly had a bigger advantage, and a better chance of winning.
      • I'll give it more thought, and try to present you with a better argument for the advantages.
      • Apparently it's better to be in favour of marriage than to be against outrageous idiocy.
      • So I thought it would be better to wait a little longer and have an appropriate time to do it.
      • There has never been a better time for singles to take advantage of their solo status.
      • Ever a favourite of mine, her eyeshadows have never been better.
      • It's better to go on to Bloworth Crossing, my favourite junction on the moors.
      • For the future, there has to be a better way of approving major municipal borrowing decisions.
      • It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
      • Is it better to turn my computer off when I am not using it or leave it on all the time?
      • It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
      • Do you think it is better to be tall or short?

    • 1.2(more suitable, desirable)

      (suggestion/plan/date) mejor
      it would be better to go by plane sería mucho mejor ir en avión
      • the matter is better forgotten lo mejor será olvidar el asunto

  • 2

    (recovered from illness)
    to be better estar mejor
    • I'm better again ya estoy mejor
    • it took him months to get better tardó meses en mejorarse / recuperarse
    • I am/feel much better than I was estoy/me siento mucho mejor (que antes)

adverb

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    mejor
    → comparative of well
    she swims better than I do / than me nada mejor que yo
    • we get on better than we used to nos llevamos mejor que antes
    • you can have it for five dollars: I can't do better than that, can I? te lo dejo en cinco libras; más no me puedes pedir ¿no?
    • I can see better from here desde aquí veo mejor
    • we'd've done better to wait hubiera sido mejor esperar
    • they did better out of the deal than they admit salieron mejor parados con el acuerdo de lo que pretenden
    • no one was better liked than he was nadie era tan querido como él
    • he thinks he knows better (se) cree que sabe más
    • Won't all of it be money that could be better spent fixing schools and hospitals instead?
    • They say the money and time would be better spent trying to change sexual behaviour.
    • Young believes profits are better spent finding and targeting new niches.
    • I should have thought union time would be better spent fighting for better deals for those at the bottom of the tree.
    • So there doesn't seem to be much harm in making them better and more useful.
    • The money could have been better spent if it had been spent sooner.
    • Critics claim the programme is a soft option and say the money would be better spent on helping child victims of the offenders.
    • Every penny spent on their administration is money that would be better spent on front-line services.
    • I think the money would be better spent organising an event in Scotland.
    • Money would be better spent pumping up the manufacturing and service industries.
    • But patient groups believe that the money could be better spent on nursing staff and cleaners.
    • Now I am all in favour of sport, but I believe that this money could be better spent.
    • Money would be much better spent on opening railway stations further out - like Calverley.
    • There will be those who will automatically say that the money could be better spent in a city where there is so much that needs to be done.
    • I jovially implied that the money would be far better spent in a place like war ravaged Sudan.
    • But it is likely to come with a hefty price tag, and the money may be better spent in a growth sector such as radio.
    • So the question is, would the money have been better spent if the Republicans hadn't gotten their way?
    • Put it another way - would your money have done better if the shares it was invested in had been chosen with a pin?
    • He too believes the money would be better spent on prevention of disease.
    • It was felt the money could have been better spent, and at a peace rally the flagpole was burned by protesters.
  • 2US

    (more)
    más
    it cost me better than $100 to repair me costó más de 100 dólares arreglarlo
    • Cue Andrew, whose style of bowling suited the conditions far better.
    • As the rain fell Carrickmore seemingly were able to cope with the adverse conditions better.
    • Hopefully, the world will be better able to live with itself in peace.
    • He admits he finds it hard to share his life, saying he is independent, and even that he may be better suited to living alone.
    • That's the only way we can make the living conditions of officers better.
    • Chen also asked for medical equipment to be placed in his glass box to better monitor his condition.
    • Cows don't like damp conditions, they milk better with the sun on their backs.
    • It was a stunning success, made better by the fact that we did not break off for food.
    • The way he has behaved here sometimes, though, you wonder if he would not be better suited to live action.
    • They simply adapted to the conditions better and have now crept up on Ayr, who remain third and this season will go no higher.
    • As I said, the players are better used to the conditions in the subcontinent.
    • We would like to understand better the connection between gamma ray bursts and supernovae.
    • I would have to say yes, many people do like pets better than other people.
    • Which crop is better suited; grain or sorghum?
    • E-learning is good for mass learning and development, but it's better suited to delivering training to ensure organizations comply with the latest rules
    • How can I obtain employment that is better suited to my level of education?
    • Now may be a time better suited for prudence than paranoia.
    • Insect remains are better suited for fight against pests.
    • I liked him better on television.
    • I liked it better when it was called Pricewatch.

noun

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    • 1.1(superior of two)

      the better el mejor
      • he is the better of the two brothers at swimming de los dos hermanos es el que mejor nada
      • for the better para bien
      • he's changed — and for the better! ha cambiado — ¡y para bien!
      • things took a turn for the better las cosas dieron un giro positivo
      • The world has been actively and consciously changed for the better in the past.
      • Education brings about dialogue and hence the society could be changed for the better.
      • I have high hopes that he will be able to change the way we look at sports, for the better.
      • Who controls the purse strings and what the people in the companies aim at will hopefully be the only change and for the better.
      • In a word, he altered all the poor girl's prospects, as we then hoped and believed, for the better.
      • That may be pushing it, but several facets have changed dramatically for the better.
      • If one was a great leader in some sense, did one really change the world for the better?
      • There were a lot of things that stayed the same and a lot of things that changed and for the better.
      • Most politicians are motivated by the wish to change things for the better: the bad hats stand out.
      • Having been given to a boy instead of the expected girl, Mandi's life has changed for the better.
      • Till then, think about it and try to change at least your attitude in favour of a better.
      • The dumber android is the better, say experts.

    • 1.2betters plural(superiors)

      superiores masculine
      his elders and betters sus mayores
      • They are respected members of the community and for his family to see him ignoring and jeering his elders and betters is very disappointing.
      • It is important to keep a sense of proportion about these things and, it seems to me, there are times when our elders and betters lose the run of themselves.
      • Even the Parrot aimed to inculcate the habits of godliness and good behaviour, consideration for others, respect for ones elders and betters.
      • The image of the First Minister sitting quietly in his place, listening to his elders and betters, describes the new relationship rather well.
      • He is a developing actor who should stick to playing the Artful Dodger for now, and leave Fagin to his elders and betters.
      • What's worse is when these people are supposedly your elders and betters and making such a public show of it.
      • The hope is that this drama will prompt viewers to think twice about the way we view our elders and betters.
      • Maybe my moral outlook is the result of general respect for elders and betters.
      • In return they are charged by their social betters with stifling all forms of working class discontent that might endanger the interests of capital.
      • For a brief moment this week, the European Parliament will have the option of accepting or rejecting the Commission that the elders and betters of the Union have offered for their approval.
      • They are starting to signal that to their elders and betters in the union movement, who have been brave enough to put a specific proposal to her in their post-election briefing.
      • Many young, bright and keen barristers would deeply resent the suggestion that they were incapable of doing the work for which their elders and betters are being so handsomely paid.
      • To make Australian companies competitive, workers have to give up 100 years worth of gains and not question what we are told to do by our elders and betters.
      • This, like calculus or reading Milton, is something the undergraduates have studied and learned to do from their elders and betters.
      • Generally our messy shoulder length hair and denims invoked hostility and disdain from our elders and betters.
      • The problem with the young scallywags of today is that they don't have any respect for their elders and betters.
      • Earlier middle classes had merely aped their social betters.
      • Have more respect for your elders and betters, young one.
      • If I do not believe my Elders and betters, those who are purported to be most wise, then who is there left to believe?
      • Learn respect for your elders and betters, child, or I will make sure you burn.

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    (gambler)
    apostador masculine
    apostadora feminine

transitive verb

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    (improve)
    (conditions/lot) mejorar
    (chances) aumentar
    to better oneself prosperar
    • When workers do make meaningful advances against their local employers by modestly improving their wages or bettering their working conditions, the subcontracts are not as lucrative for the local elites.
    • Exploiting the public is not leading it; satisfying its passions or sanctioning its ideas is not bettering them; and we understand… the heart of the people and their ideas.
    • Eckstein worked all offseason to improve his range by bettering his footwork and getting good jumps on the ball.
    • The philosopher of science noted that 20th century democracies, all basically capitalist with varying degrees of planning, had actually fulfilled most the bits of the Communist manifesto that called for bettering the lot of the working class.
    • None of the serials has helped in bettering the condition of womenfolk.
    • We are doing injustice to the Madrassa students by not condemning the atrocities against them and not bettering their conditions regarding education and establishment.
    • The labor activist said that SBSI will always support laborers' actions aimed at bettering their conditions.
    • The EU is engaged in a quiet dialogue with the Indian Government in bettering the HR condition here.
    • The brutal conditions they endured back home were scarcely bettered in a city where the law was administered by the notoriously racist and corrupt LAPD.
    • Volunteering not only feels good, but it betters your health as well, researchers say.
    • ‘Unfortunately scare mongering and playing to low prejudice have marked a political debate that should instead be about bettering our nation and the condition of our people and their future,’ Ms Coughlan said.
    • He came away from London with not only a doctorate but the determination to devote the rest of his life to bettering the lot of children, especially exceptional ones, the gifted as well as the slow learner and the emotionally disturbed.
    • We also hope to instill the idea that the best approach for bettering our news media are partnerships among practitioners, news scholars and the news media centers across the country.
    • This is a great month to focus on bettering your health.
    • In the oppressive confines of the chicken yard, one chicken has a vision for bettering their lot in life.
    • The second question is whether this aid bettered the human condition?
    • By knowing and controlling nature, men bettered their physical lot, gaining the leisure needed to cultivate minds and morals.
    • Its only claim to have bettered the lot of workers is the introduction of 12 weeks paid parental leave.
    • We were moving to Windsor, in the South, because my parents thought of bettering their lot.
    • Swimming regularly betters the functioning of the heart and lungs.
  • 2

    (surpass)
    (score/record) mejorar
    (score/record) superar
    • The 22-year-old then bettered her three previous performances at the French Open by beating the 10th seed en-route to the third round.
    • The apparent ease at which he was scoring suggested he would have gone beyond the 300 barrier, but he was content with bettering his previous test-best score by exactly 100.
    • He was unlucky not to receive an Oscar nomination for his touching and subtle performance, which betters any of his previous work.
    • In reaching his mammoth score which bettered his previous personal best of 175 not out when playing for Tickhill, he faced 140 balls and hit 12 fours and 13 sixes.
    • Yet amazingly, scores were generally good and he enjoyed the day of his life, shooting a fabulous 84 gross, bettering his previous best personal performance by four shots to take division 2 honours.
    • His achievement has never been bettered and the present holder has only three victories under his belt.
    • But as he reflected on his world title tussle the York ace remained upbeat about his silver-medal winning display, which bettered his bronze achievement of two years earlier.
    • His 60 was also a Royal Melbourne course record, bettering the previous mark by two strokes.
    • India retained the crown at the ninth SAF Games, finishing on the top of the medals tally but the gulf with neighbouring countries narrowed as they bettered their previous performances.
    • Whether it was the stinging backhand pass down the line, the finessed drop shot, or the intelligently placed first serves that arched in towards her opponent's midriff, her tactics and execution could hardly have been bettered.
    • But for a one-volume guide to a man who did more in a single lifetime than most could manage in 10, this authoritative and readable book could hardly be bettered.
    • As an introduction to the exciting variety of African writing that is being produced now, this collection could hardly be bettered.
    • The recommendation - not for the Queen's second son but the village pub at Gate Helmsley near Stamford Bridge - could hardly be bettered.
    • All but one point from their entire tally came from play, a remarkable statistic and one that will hardly be bettered for some time.
    • Its timing could hardly have been bettered and should do a great deal to calm the fevered brows of the Lanarkshire club's supporters.
    • It was a classic York v Scarborough encounter and as an exhibition of top-class league cricket it could hardly be bettered.
    • The world number one bettered her previous world mark of 120 kg set at last year's world championships.
    • The spectacle of two Morris Dancers running smack into each other could hardly be bettered for a belly laugh.
    • He bettered all of his times from his previous meet and was fourth in the 11-12 boys high-point competition.
    • Brady bettered his '01 numbers nearly across the board in '02, but that didn't translate into wins.
    • His perimeter game has come under attack, but it's improving and he has worked tirelessly on bettering it.