best/bɛst/USA pronunciationadj.,superlative form of good.
of the highest quality; the most excellent:Only the best students apply to our school.
most suitable or appropriate; of most benefit or of greatest advantage:Is this the best way to handle the problem?[it + be + ~ + clause]I thought it would be best if we discussed this first.[it + be + ~ + to + verb]It would be best not to wake her up.
adv.,superlative form of well.
most excellently or suitably; most well: They gave her an opera role that best suits her voice.
in or to the highest degree; most:She is the best-known actress of our time.
bet•ter1/ˈbɛtɚ/USA pronunciationadj.comparative form of good.
of higher or superior quality or excellence: We got a better view of the city from the top of the Empire State Building.
morally superior:Those politicians are no better than thieves.
of superior suitability; preferable:There could not be a better time for action.[it + be + ~ + verb-ing]It's better having short lines with more bank tellers.[it + be + ~ + to + verb]It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.[it + be + ~ + that clause]It's better that we stop meeting like this.
larger; greater:This homework assignment will take the better part of a day to finish.
improved in health; healthier than before:Well, are you feeling any better today?
adv.,[comparative form of well.]
in a more appropriate manner:Behave better when your grandparents come over.
to a greater degree; more completely: She knows the way better than I do.
to (cause to) improve: [~ + object]She worked hard to better the lot of the needy.[no object]Economic conditions have not bettered.
[~ + object] to improve upon: We have bettered last year's production.
of superior quality or excellence:a better coat; a better speech.
morally superior; more virtuous:They are no better than thieves.
of superior suitability, advisability, desirability, acceptableness, etc.; preferable:a better time for action.
larger; greater:the better part of a lifetime.
improved in health; healthier than before.
completely recovered in health.
Idiomsno better than one should be,[Disparaging.]morally inferior; immoral or amoral.
adv.,[compar. of]well[with]best[as superl.]
in a more appropriate or acceptable way or manner:to behave better.
to a greater degree; more completely or thoroughly:He knows the way better than we do. I probably know him better than anyone else.
more:I walked better than a mile to town.
in better circumstances.
more fortunate; happier:Because of his asthma, he would be better off in a different climate.
Idiomsgo (someone) one better, to exceed the effort of; be superior to:The neighbors went us one better by buying two new cars.
Idiomshad better, would be wiser or more well-advised to; ought to:We had better stay indoors today.
Idiomsthink better of:
to reconsider and decide more favorably or wisely regarding:I was tempted to make a sarcastic retort, but thought better of it.
to form a higher opinion of.
to increase the good qualities of; make better; improve:to better the lot of the suburban commuter.
to improve upon; surpass; exceed:We have bettered last year's production record.
Games[Cards.]to raise (a previous bid).
Idiomsbetter oneself, to improve one's social standing, financial position, or education:He is going to night school because he wants to better himself.
that which has greater excellence or is preferable or wiser:the better of two choices.
Usually, betters. those superior to one in wisdom, wealth, etc.
Idiomsfor the better, in a way that is an improvement:His health changed for the better.
Idiomsget or have the better of:
to get an advantage over.
to prevail against.
bef. 900; Middle English bettre, Old English bet(t)(e)ra; cognate with Old High German bezziro (German besser), Dutch beter, Old Norse betr, Gothic batiza, equivalent. to bat- (cognate with Old High German baz (adverb, adverbial) better; akin to boot2) + -iza comparative suffix; suggested relation to Sanskrit bhadrá- "fortunate'' is doubtful. See best
15. amend; advance, promote; reform, correct, rectify. See improve.
51.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See property.
Good is common as an adverb in informal speech, especially after forms of do: He did good on the test. She sees good with her new glasses. This use does not occur in formal speech or edited writing, where the adverb well is used instead:He did well on the test. She sees well with her new glasses.The adjective good is standard after linking verbs like taste, smell, look, feel, be, and seem: Everything tastes good. The biscuits smell good. You're looking good today. When used after look or feel,good may refer to spirits as well as health:I'm feeling pretty good this morning, ready to take on the world.Well is both an adjective and an adverb. As an adjective used after look, feel, or other linking verbs, it often refers to good health:You're looking well; we missed you while you were in the hospital.See also bad.
well1(wel),USA pronunciationadv., adj.,[compar.]bet•ter,[superl.]best,interj., n. adv.
in a good or satisfactory manner:Business is going well.
thoroughly, carefully, or soundly:to shake well before using; listen well.
in a moral or proper manner:to behave well.
commendably, meritoriously, or excellently:a difficult task well done.
with propriety, justice, or reason:I could not well refuse.
adequately or sufficiently:Think well before you act.
to a considerable extent or degree:a sum well over the amount agreed upon.
with great or intimate knowledge:to know a person well.
certainly; without doubt:I anger easily, as you well know.
with good nature; without rancor:He took the joke well.
in addition; also; too:She insisted ondirecting the play and on producing it as well.
equally:The town grew as well because of its location as because of its superb climate.
as well as, as much or as truly as; equally as:Joan is witty as well as intelligent.
in good health; sound in body and mind:Are you well? He is not a well man.
satisfactory, pleasing, or good:All is well with us.
proper, fitting, or gratifying:It is well that you didn't go.
in a satisfactory position; well-off:I am very well as I am.
leave well enough alone, avoid changing something that is satisfactory.
(used to express surprise, reproof, etc.):Well! There's no need to shout.
(used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.):Well, who would have thought he could do it?
well-being; good fortune; success:to wish well to someone.
bef. 900; Middle English, Old English wel(l) (adjective, adjectival and adverb, adverbial); cognate with Dutch wel, German wohl, Old Norse vel, Gothic waila
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged properly, correctly.
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged skillfully, adeptly, accurately, efficiently.
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suitably.
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fully, amply.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rather, quite.
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged healthy, hale, hearty.
14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fine.
15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suitable, befitting, appropriate.
16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fortunate, happy.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged poorly, badly.
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ill, sick.
Mininga hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine, or sulfur.
Geographya spring or natural source of water.
an apparent reservoir or a source of human feelings, emotions, energy, etc.:He was a well of gentleness and courtesy.
a container, receptacle, or reservoir for a liquid:the well of ink in a fountain pen.
Buildingany sunken or deep, enclosed space, as a shaft for air or light, stairs, or an elevator, extending vertically through the floors of a building.
Nauticala part of a weather deck between two superstructures, extending from one side of a vessel to the other.
Nauticala compartment or enclosure around a ship's pumps to make them easily accessible and protect them from being damaged by the cargo.
a hollow compartment, recessed area, or depression for holding a specific item or items, as fish in the bottom of a boat or the retracted wheels of an airplane in flight.
Miningany shaft dug or bored into the earth, as for storage space or a mine.
to rise, spring, or gush, as water, from the earth or some other source (often fol. by up, out, or forth):Tears welled up in my eyes.
to send welling up or forth:a fountain welling its pure water.
like, of, resembling, from, or used in connection with a well.
bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English well(e), Old English wylle, wella, welle; cognate with German Welle wave; (verb, verbal) Middle English wellen, Old English wellan (cognate with Dutch wellen, Old Norse vella); both noun, nominal and verb, verbal ultimately akin to weallan to boil
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged store, fund, mine, fount.