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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch beter. The verb sense is a calque from English better, had better.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

beter

  1. comparative degree of goed

VerbEdit

beter (present beter)

  1. had better (used as an auxiliary verb to mean should; must)
    Jy beter versigtig wees.
    You (had) better be careful.

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch beter, from Old Dutch betiro, from Proto-Germanic *batizô, comparative of *gōdaz. Cognate with Low German beter, West Frisian better, English better, German besser, Danish bedre, Swedish bättre.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbeːtər/
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  • Rhymes: -eːtər

AdjectiveEdit

beter

  1. Comparative form of goed; better.

DescendantsEdit

VerbEdit

beter

  1. first-person singular present indicative of beteren
  2. imperative of beteren

Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch betera, betiro, from Proto-Germanic *batizô.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

bēter

  1. better; comparative degree of goet

Derived termsEdit

AdverbEdit

bēter

  1. better; comparative degree of wel

SynonymsEdit

DescendantsEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

beter

  1. Alternative form of bettre

AdverbEdit

beter

  1. Alternative form of bettre

NounEdit

beter

  1. Alternative form of bettre

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from Old Norse beita.

VerbEdit

beter

  1. to bait

ConjugationEdit

This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-ts, *-tt are modified to z, t. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


SwedishEdit

VerbEdit

beter

  1. present tense of bete.

TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ottoman Turkish بتر(beter), from Persian بدتر(bad-tar).

AdjectiveEdit

beter

  1. worse