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Better, verb., 1) to improve: “dedicated to closeness and the --ing of my mind,” Tp. I, 2, 90. “he is furnished with my opinion, which, --ed with his own learning, comes with him,” Merch. IV, 1, 158. “his lands and goods, which I have --ed rather than decreased,” Shr. II, 119. “we will b. it in Pisa,” IV, 4, 71. “--ing thy loss makes the bad causer worse,” R3 IV, 4, 122 (i. e. magnifying). “but since he is --ed, we have therefore odds,” Hml. V, 2, 274 (== since he has perfected himself in his art). “striving to b., oft we mar what's well,” Lr. I, 4, 369. The following passages lead over to the second signification: “being red, she loves him best, and being white, her best is --ed with a more delight,” Ven. 78. “now counting best to be with you alone, then --ed that the world may see my pleasure,” Sonn. 75, 8. “all these I b. in one general best,” 91, 8.
2) to surpass: “he hath --ed expectation,” Ado I, 1, 16. “I will b. the instruction,” Merch. III, 1, 76. “what you do still --s what is done,” Wint. IV, 4, 136. “each day still b. other's happiness,” R2 I, 1, 22. “you are like to do such business. Not unlike, each way, to b. yours,” Cor. III, 1, 49. “they do b. thee,” Per. IV, 6, 172.
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