Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun better

4 senses of better

Sense 1
better -- (something superior in quality or condition or effect; "a change for the better")
       => good, goodness -- (that which is pleasing or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization")

Sense 2
bettor, better, wagerer, punter -- (someone who bets)
       => gambler -- (a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events)

Sense 3
better -- (a superior person having claim to precedence; "the common man has been kept in his place by his betters")
       => superior, higher-up, superordinate -- (one of greater rank or station or quality)

Sense 4
better -- (the superior one of two alternatives; "chose the better of the two")
       => good, goodness -- (that which is pleasing or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization")

Antonyms of verb better

2 of 3 senses of better

Sense 2
better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate -- (to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes")
       Antonym of worsen (Sense 2)
      => worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate -- (make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain")

Sense 3
better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate -- (get better; "The weather improved toward evening")
       Antonym of worsen (Sense 1)
      => worsen, decline -- (grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb better

3 senses of better

Sense 1
better, break -- (surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record")
       => surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform -- (be or do something to a greater degree; "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; "She outdoes all other athletes"; "This exceeds all my expectations"; "This car outperforms all others in its class")

Sense 2
better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate -- (to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 3
better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate -- (get better; "The weather improved toward evening")
       => change state, turn -- (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election")

Antonyms of adj better

4 senses of better

Sense 1
better (vs. worse) -- ((comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another; "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din"; "a better coat"; "a better type of car"; "a suit with a better fit"; "a better chance of success"; "produced a better mousetrap"; "she's better in math than in history")

worse (vs. better) -- ((comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability; "this road is worse than the first one we took"; "the road is in worse shape than it was"; "she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying")
        => worsened -- (made or become worse; impaired; "troubled by the worsened economic conditions"; "the worsened diplomatic relations")

Sense 2
better (vs. worse) -- ((comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; "her health is better now"; "I feel better")

worse (vs. better), worsened -- (changed for the worse in health or fitness; "I feel worse today"; "her cold is worse")

Sense 3
better (predicate), best (predicate) -- ((comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be better to speak to him"; "the White House thought it best not to respond")

INDIRECT (VIA advisable) -> inadvisable, unadvisable -- (not prudent or wise; not recommended; "running on the ice is inadvisable")

Sense 4
better -- (more than half; "argued for the better part of an hour")

INDIRECT (VIA major) -> minor -- (inferior in number or size or amount; "a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor")

Antonyms of adj good

21 senses of good

Sense 1
good (vs. bad) -- (having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office")

bad (vs. good) -- (having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice")
        => atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable -- (exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room")
        => corked, corky -- ((of wine) tainted in flavor by a cork containing excess tannin; "a corked port")
        => deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry -- (bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs")
        => fearful, frightful -- (extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake")
        => hard, tough -- (unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break")
        => hopeless -- ((informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform; "she handed me a hopeless jumble of papers"; "he is a hopeless romantic")
        => horrid -- (exceedingly bad; "when she was bad she was horrid")
        => icky, crappy, lousy, rotten, shitty, stinking, stinky -- (very bad; "a lousy play"; "it's a stinking world")
        => ill -- (distressing; "ill manners"; "of ill repute")
        => incompetent, unskilled -- (not doing a good job; "incompetent at chess")
        => mediocre -- (poor to middling in quality; "there have been good and mediocre and bad artists")
        => naughty -- (badly behaved; "a naughty boy")
        => negative -- (having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life")
        => poor -- (unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"; "expectations were poor")
        => pretty -- ((used ironically) unexpectedly bad; "a pretty mess"; "a pretty kettle of fish")
        => rubber, no-good -- (returned for lack of funds; "a rubber check"; "a no-good check")
        => severe -- (very bad in degree or extent; "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage")
        => swingeing -- (severe; punishingly bad; "swingeing taxation"; "swingeing damages awarded by the judge")
        => uncool -- ((spoken slang) unfashionable and boring)
        => unfavorable, unfavourable -- (not favorable; "made an unfavorable impression"; "unfavorable reviews")
        => unsuitable -- (not conducive to good moral development; "the movie is unsuitable for children")

Sense 2
full, good -- (having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here")

INDIRECT (VIA ample) -> meager, meagre, meagerly, stingy, scrimpy -- (deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare")

Sense 3
good (vs. evil) -- (morally admirable)

evil (vs. good) -- (morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds")
        => atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous -- (shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit")
        => bad -- (characterized by wickedness or immorality; "led a very bad life")
        => black, dark, sinister -- (stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy)
        => corruptive, perversive, pestiferous -- (tending to corrupt or pervert)
        => demonic, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, hellish, infernal, satanic, unholy -- (extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell; "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel"; "fires lit up a diabolic scene"; "diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils"; "a fiendish despot"; "hellish torture"; "infernal instruments of war"; "satanic cruelty"; "unholy grimaces")
        => despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretched -- (morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar")
        => devilish, diabolic, diabolical, mephistophelian, mephistophelean -- (showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil; "devilish schemes"; "the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen"; "the diabolical expression on his face"; "a mephistophelian glint in his eye")
        => evil-minded -- (having evil thoughts or intentions)

Sense 4
estimable, good, honorable, respectable -- (deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name")

INDIRECT (VIA reputable) -> disreputable -- (lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance)

Sense 5
beneficial, good -- (promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her")

INDIRECT (VIA advantageous) -> disadvantageous -- (constituting a disadvantage)

Sense 6
good -- (agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good manners")

INDIRECT (VIA nice) -> nasty, awful -- (offensive or even (of persons) malicious; "in a nasty mood"; "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound)

Sense 7
good, just, upright -- (of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man")

INDIRECT (VIA righteous) -> unrighteous -- (not righteous; "an unrighteous man"; "an unrighteous law")

Sense 8
adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful -- (having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching")

INDIRECT (VIA skilled) -> unskilled -- (not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship")

Sense 9
good -- (thorough; "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning")

INDIRECT (VIA complete) -> incomplete, uncomplete -- (not complete or total; not completed; "an incomplete account of his life"; "political consequences of incomplete military success"; "an incomplete forward pass")

Sense 10
dear, good, near -- (with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear")

INDIRECT (VIA close) -> distant, remote -- (far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship ; "a distant cousin"; "a remote relative"; "a distant likeness"; "considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics")

Sense 11
dependable, good, safe, secure -- (financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment")

INDIRECT (VIA sound) -> unsound -- (not sound financially; "unsound banking practices")

Sense 12
good, right, ripe -- (most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes")

INDIRECT (VIA opportune) -> inopportune -- (not opportune; "arrived at a most inopportune hour"; "an inopportune visit")

Sense 13
good, well (predicate) -- (resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well")

INDIRECT (VIA fortunate) -> unfortunate -- (not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned")

Sense 14
effective, good, in effect (predicate), in force (predicate) -- (exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)")

INDIRECT (VIA operative) -> inoperative -- (not working or taking effect; "an inoperative law")

Sense 15
good -- (capable of pleasing; "good looks")

INDIRECT (VIA pleasing) -> displeasing -- (causing displeasure or lacking pleasing qualities)

Sense 16
good, serious -- (appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book")

INDIRECT (VIA intellectual) -> nonintellectual -- (not intellectual)

Sense 17
good, sound -- (in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body")

INDIRECT (VIA healthy) -> unhealthy -- (not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind; "unhealthy ulcers")

Sense 18
good, salutary -- (tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air")

INDIRECT (VIA healthful) -> unhealthful -- (detrimental to good health; "unhealthful air pollution"; "unhealthful conditions in old apartments with peeling lead-based paint")

Sense 19
good, honest -- (not forged; "a good dollar bill")

INDIRECT (VIA genuine) -> counterfeit, imitative -- (not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince")

Sense 20
good, undecomposed, unspoiled, unspoilt -- (not left to spoil; "the meat is still good")

INDIRECT (VIA fresh) -> stale -- (lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"; "the beer was stale")

Sense 21
good -- (generally admired; "good taste")

INDIRECT (VIA discriminating) -> undiscriminating, indiscriminating -- (not discriminating)

Antonyms of adj well

3 senses of well

Sense 1
well (vs. ill) -- (in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury; "appears to be entirely well"; "the wound is nearly well"; "a well man"; "I think I'm well; at least I feel well")

ill (vs. well), sick -- (affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function; "ill from the monotony of his suffering")
        => afflicted, stricken -- (grievously affected especially by disease)
        => aguish -- (affected by ague)
        => ailing, indisposed, peaked (predicate), poorly (predicate), sickly, unwell, under the weather, seedy -- (somewhat ill or prone to illness; "my poor ailing grandmother"; "feeling a bit indisposed today"; "you look a little peaked"; "feeling poorly"; "a sickly child"; "is unwell and can't come to work")
        => airsick, air sick, carsick, seasick -- (experiencing motion sickness)
        => autistic -- (characteristic of or affected with autism; "autistic behavior"; "autistic children")
        => bedfast, bedridden, bedrid, sick-abed -- (confined to bed (by illness))
        => bilious, liverish, livery -- (suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress)
        => bronchitic -- (suffering from or prone to bronchitis)
        => consumptive -- (afflicted with or associated with pulmonary tuberculosis; "a consumptive patient"; "a consumptive cough")
        => convalescent, recovering -- (returning to health after illness or debility; "convalescent children are difficult to keep in bed")
        => delirious, hallucinating -- (experiencing delirium)
        => diabetic -- (suffering from diabetes)
        => dizzy, giddy, woozy, vertiginous -- (having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling; "had a dizzy spell"; "a dizzy pinnacle"; "had a headache and felt giddy"; "a giddy precipice"; "feeling woozy from the blow on his head"; "a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff")
        => dyspeptic -- (suffering from dyspepsia)
        => faint, light, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded -- (weak and likely to lose consciousness; "suddenly felt faint from the pain"; "was sick and faint from hunger"; "felt light in the head"; "a swooning fit"; "light-headed with wine"; "light-headed from lack of sleep")
        => feverish, feverous -- (having or affected by a fever)
        => funny -- (experiencing odd bodily sensations; "told the doctor about the funny sensations in her chest")
        => gouty -- (suffering from gout)
        => green -- (looking pale and unhealthy; "you're looking green"; "green around the gills")
        => laid low (predicate), stricken -- (put out of action (by illness))
        => laid up (predicate) -- (ill and usually confined; "laid up with a bad cold")
        => milk-sick -- (affected with or related to milk sickness)
        => nauseated, nauseous, queasy, sick, sickish -- (feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit)
        => palsied -- (affected with palsy or uncontrollable tremor; "palsied hands")
        => paralytic, paralyzed -- (affected with paralysis)
        => paraplegic -- (suffering complete paralysis of the lower half of the body usually resulting from damage to the spinal cord)
        => rickety, rachitic -- (affected with, suffering from, or characteristic of rickets; "rickety limbs and joints"; "a rachitic patient")
        => scrofulous -- (afflicted with scrofula)
        => sneezy -- (inclined to sneeze)
        => spastic -- (suffering from spastic paralysis; "a spastic child")
        => tubercular, tuberculous -- (constituting or afflicted with or caused by tuberculosis or the tubercle bacillus; "a tubercular child"; "tuberculous patients"; "tubercular meningitis")
        => unhealed -- (not healed; "an unhealed wound")
        => upset -- (mildly physically distressed; "an upset stomach")

Sense 2
good, well (predicate) -- (resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well")

INDIRECT (VIA fortunate) -> unfortunate -- (not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned")

Sense 3
well (predicate) -- (wise or advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be well to start early")

INDIRECT (VIA advisable) -> inadvisable, unadvisable -- (not prudent or wise; not recommended; "running on the ice is inadvisable")

Similarity of adj better

4 senses of better

Sense 1
better (vs. worse) -- ((comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another; "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din"; "a better coat"; "a better type of car"; "a suit with a better fit"; "a better chance of success"; "produced a better mousetrap"; "she's better in math than in history")
       => amended -- (modified for the better; "his amended ways")
       => finer -- ((comparative of `fine') greater in quality or excellence; "a finer wine"; "a finer musician")
       => improved -- (become or made better in quality; "was proud of his improved grades"; "an improved viewfinder")

Sense 2
better (vs. worse) -- ((comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; "her health is better now"; "I feel better")
       => fitter, healthier -- (improved in health or physical condition)

Sense 3
better (predicate), best (predicate) -- ((comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be better to speak to him"; "the White House thought it best not to respond")
       => advisable (vs. inadvisable) -- (worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise; "such action is neither necessary nor advisable"; "extreme caution is advisable"; "it is advisable to telephone first")

Sense 4
better -- (more than half; "argued for the better part of an hour")
       => major (vs. minor) -- (greater in number or size or amount; "a major portion (a majority) of the population"; "Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings")

Similarity of adj good

21 senses of good

Sense 1
good (vs. bad) -- (having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office")
       => bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad (predicate), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing -- (very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing")
       => good enough -- (adequately good for the circumstances; "if it's good enough for you it's good enough for me")
       => goodish -- (moderately good of its kind; "a goodish wine")
       => hot -- (very good; often used in the negative; "he's hot at math but not so hot at history")
       => redeeming (prenominal) -- (compensating for some fault or defect; "the redeeming feature of the plan is its simplicity"; "his saving grace was his sense of humor")
       => satisfactory, acceptable -- (meeting requirements; "the step makes a satisfactory seat")
       => solid -- (characterized by good substantial quality; "solid comfort"; "a solid base hit")
       => superb -- (surpassingly good; "a superb meal")
       => well-behaved, well behaved -- ((usually of children) someone who behaves in a manner that the speaker believes is correct; "a well-behaved child")
          Also See-> best#1; better#1; favorable#1, favourable#1; good#3; obedient#1; respectable#1

Sense 2
full, good -- (having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here")
       => ample (vs. meager) -- (more than enough in size or scope or capacity; "had ample food for the party"; "an ample supply")

Sense 3
good (vs. evil) -- (morally admirable)
       => angelic, angelical, beatific, saintlike, saintly, sainted -- (marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint; "angelic beneficence"; "a beatific smile"; "a saintly concern for his fellow men"; "my sainted mother")
       => goody-goody -- (affectedly or smugly good or self-righteous)
       => redemptive, redeeming (prenominal), saving (prenominal) -- (bringing about salvation or redemption from sin; "saving faith"; "redemptive (or redeeming) love")
       => white -- (benevolent; without malicious intent; "that's white of you")
          Also See-> good#1; moral#1; right#4; righteous#1; virtuous#1; worthy#1

Sense 4
estimable, good, honorable, respectable -- (deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name")
       => reputable (vs. disreputable) -- (having a good reputation; "a reputable business"; "a reputable scientist"; "a reputable wine")

Sense 5
beneficial, good -- (promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her")
       => advantageous (vs. disadvantageous) -- (giving an advantage; "a contract advantageous to our country"; "socially advantageous to entertain often")

Sense 6
good -- (agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good manners")
       => nice (vs. nasty) -- (pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance; "what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so nasty"- George Meredith; "nice manners"; "a nice dress"; "a nice face"; "a nice day"; "had a nice time at the party"; "the corn and tomatoes are nice today")

Sense 7
good, just, upright -- (of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man")
       => righteous (vs. unrighteous) -- (characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice; "the...prayer of a righteous man availeth much"- James 5:16)

Sense 8
adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful -- (having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching")
       => skilled (vs. unskilled) -- (having or showing or requiring special skill; "only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team"; "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience"; "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow"; "a skilled trade")

Sense 9
good -- (thorough; "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning")
       => complete (vs. incomplete) -- (having every necessary or normal part or component or step; "a complete meal"; "a complete wardrobe"; "a complete set of the Britannica"; "a complete set of china"; "a complete defeat"; "a complete accounting")

Sense 10
dear, good, near -- (with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear")
       => close (vs. distant) -- (close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance")

Sense 11
dependable, good, safe, secure -- (financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment")
       => sound (vs. unsound) -- (financially secure and safe; "sound investments"; "a sound economy")

Sense 12
good, right, ripe -- (most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes")
       => opportune (vs. inopportune) -- (suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose; "an opportune place to make camp"; "an opportune arrival")

Sense 13
good, well (predicate) -- (resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well")
       => fortunate (vs. unfortunate) -- (having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice")

Sense 14
effective, good, in effect (predicate), in force (predicate) -- (exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)")
       => operative (vs. inoperative) -- (being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system")

Sense 15
good -- (capable of pleasing; "good looks")
       => pleasing (vs. displeasing) -- (giving pleasure and satisfaction; "a pleasing piece of news"; "pleasing in manner and appearance")

Sense 16
good, serious -- (appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book")
       => intellectual (vs. nonintellectual) -- (appealing to or using the intellect; "satire is an intellectual weapon"; "intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor"; "has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people"; "coldly intellectual"; "sort of the intellectual type"; "intellectual literature")

Sense 17
good, sound -- (in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body")
       => healthy (vs. unhealthy) -- (having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease; "a rosy healthy baby"; "staying fit and healthy")

Sense 18
good, salutary -- (tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air")
       => healthful (vs. unhealthful) -- (conducive to good health of body or mind; "a healthful climate"; "a healthful environment"; "healthful nutrition"; "healthful sleep"; "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance")

Sense 19
good, honest -- (not forged; "a good dollar bill")
       => genuine (vs. counterfeit), echt -- (not fake or counterfeit; "a genuine Picasso"; "genuine leather")

Sense 20
good, undecomposed, unspoiled, unspoilt -- (not left to spoil; "the meat is still good")
       => fresh (vs. stale) -- (recently made, produced, or harvested; "fresh bread"; "a fresh scent"; "fresh lettuce")

Sense 21
good -- (generally admired; "good taste")
       => discriminating (vs. undiscriminating) -- (showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste; "the discriminating eye of the connoisseur")

Similarity of adj well

3 senses of well

Sense 1
well (vs. ill) -- (in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury; "appears to be entirely well"; "the wound is nearly well"; "a well man"; "I think I'm well; at least I feel well")
       => asymptomatic, symptomless -- (having no symptoms of illness or disease)
       => cured, healed, recovered -- (freed from illness or injury; "the patient appears cured"; "the incision is healed"; "appears to be entirely recovered"; "when the recovered patient tries to remember what occurred during his delirium"- Normon Cameron)
          Also See-> fit#3; healthy#1

Sense 2
good, well (predicate) -- (resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well")
       => fortunate (vs. unfortunate) -- (having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice")

Sense 3
well (predicate) -- (wise or advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be well to start early")
       => advisable (vs. inadvisable) -- (worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise; "such action is neither necessary nor advisable"; "extreme caution is advisable"; "it is advisable to telephone first")

Synonyms of adv better

2 senses of better

Sense 1
better -- (comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.; "She had never sung better"; "a deed better left undone"; "better suited to the job")

Sense 2
better, best -- (from a position of superiority or authority; "father knows best"; "I know better.")

Synonyms of adv well

13 senses of well

Sense 1
well, good -- ((often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); "the children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis"; "a well-seasoned dish"; "a well-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good")

Sense 2
well -- (thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form; "The problem is well understood"; "she was well informed"; "shake well before using"; "in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"; "well-done beef", "well-satisfied customers"; "well-educated")

Sense 3
well, easily -- (indicating high probability; in all likelihood; "I might well do it"; "a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"; "you may well need your umbrella"; "he could equally well be trying to deceive us")

Sense 4
well -- ((used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully; "a book well worth reading"; "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"; "suspected only too well what might be going on")

Sense 5
well -- (to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree; "the project was well underway"; "the fetus has well developed organs"; "his father was well pleased with his grades")

Sense 6
well -- (favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book")

Sense 7
well, considerably, substantially -- (to a great extent or degree; "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"; "painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"; "the house has fallen considerably in value"; "the price went up substantially")

Sense 8
well, intimately -- (with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well")

Sense 9
well -- (with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse")

Sense 10
well -- (with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well")

Sense 11
well, advantageously -- (in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle")

Sense 12
well, comfortably -- (in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died")

Sense 13
well -- (without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well")

Antonyms of adv better
                                                                         

Antonyms of adv well

5 of 13 senses of well

Sense 1
well, good -- ((often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); "the children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis"; "a well-seasoned dish"; "a well-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good")
       Antonym of ill (Sense 1)
      => ill, badly, poorly -- ((`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well; "he was ill prepared"; "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"; "the car runs badly"; "he performed badly on the exam"; "the team played poorly"; "ill-fitting clothes"; "an ill-conceived plan")

Sense 6
well -- (favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book")
       Antonym of ill (Sense 2)
      => ill, badly -- (unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern")

Sense 10
well -- (with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well")
       Antonym of badly (Sense 7)
      => badly -- (without skill or in a displeasing manner; "she writes badly"; "I think he paints very badly")

Sense 11
well, advantageously -- (in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle")
       Antonym of badly (Sense 8)
      => badly, disadvantageously -- (in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage; "the venture turned out badly for the investors"; "angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them")

Sense 13
well -- (without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well")
       Antonym of badly (Sense 10)
      => badly -- (with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display; "they took their defeat badly"; "took her father's death badly"; "conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake")

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