better yourself

to improve your social status by educating yourself

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • better yourself — phrase to improve your social status by educating yourself Thesaurus: changing social or professional statushyponym from an upper class familysynonym Main entry: better * * * better yourself : to do things (such as improving your education) that… …   Useful english dictionary

  • better — bet|ter1 [ betər ] function word *** Better is the comparative form of good and well, and can be used in the following ways: as an adjective: a better method of teaching languages The weather is better today. as an adverb: Our opponents played… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • better — bet|ter1 W1S1 [ˈbetə US ər] adj [: Old English; Origin: betera] 1.) [comparative of good] more useful, interesting, satisfactory, effective, suitable etc ≠ ↑worse ▪ Your stereo is better than mine. ▪ a better job with a better salary ▪ There must …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • better — [[t]be̱tə(r)[/t]] ♦ betters, bettering, bettered 1) Better is the comparative of good. 2) Better is the comparative of well. 3) ADV COMPAR: ADV after v If you like one thing better than another, you like it more. I like your interpretation better …   English dictionary

  • better — 1 adjective (comparative of good) 1 more useful, interesting, satisfactory, effective, suitable etc: Your stereo is better than mine. | a better job with a better salary | It was one of the better Broadway shows I ve seen. | There must be a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • better — I UK [ˈbetə(r)] / US [ˈbetər] adjective *** 1) a) more satisfactory, suitable, pleasant, effective, or of higher quality etc She s trying to find a better job. better than: The results were better than we had expected. get better (= improve): The …   English dictionary

  • better — better1 [bet′ər] adj. [ME bettere, betere < OE betera: see BEST] 1. compar. of GOOD 2. of a more excellent sort; surpassing another or others 3. more suitable, more desirable, more favorable, more profitable, etc. 4. being more than half;… …   English World dictionary

  • better — 1. had better. This common idiom is used in the form We had better go home or We d better go home; the negative form is We d better not go home and the interrogative Hadn t we better go home?. Informally (but not in more formal contexts), the… …   Modern English usage

  • yourself — your|self W2S1 [jo:ˈself US jo:r ] pron [reflexive form of you ] plural yourselves [ ˈselvz] 1.) used when talking to someone to show that they are affected by their own action ▪ Look at yourself in the mirror. ▪ Come and warm yourselves by the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • yourself — pronoun plural yourselves / selvz/ 1 the reflexive form of you : Mind you don t hurt yourself with those scissors. | Go and buy yourself an ice cream. 2 used as a stronger form of “you”: You yourself said he was a dead loss. | If you don t trust… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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