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adjective \ˈbest\

Simple Definition of best

  • : better than all others in quality or value

  • : most skillful, talented, or successful

  • : most appropriate, useful, or helpful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of best

  1. superlative of good

  1. 1 :  excelling all others <the best student>

  2. 2 :  most productive of good :  offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction <what is the best thing to do>

  3. 3 :  most, largest <it rained for the best part of their vacation>

Examples of best in a sentence

  1. You should wear your best clothes tonight.

  2. We ate the best food and drank the best wines.

  3. His modesty and sense of humor are his best qualities.

  4. Is that your best offer?

  5. Which of these do you think tastes best?

  6. Mary sends you her very best wishes.

  7. She's the best student in her class.

  8. He won the award for best actor in a drama.

  9. She truly believes that this is the best way to solve the problem.

  10. She's the team's best hope for a medal.



Origin and Etymology of best

Middle English, from Old English betst; akin to Old English bōt remedy — more at better


First Known Use: before 12th century


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best

adverb

Simple Definition of best

  • : in the best way : in a way that is better than all others : with the most success or benefit

  • : to the greatest degree or extent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of best

  1. superlative of well

  1. 1 :  in the best way :  to greatest advantage <some things are best left unsaid>

  2. 2 :  most <those best able will provide needed support>

as best

  1. :  as well, skillfully, or accurately as <try to do it as best you can>

Examples of best in a sentence

  1. The sauce is best served cold.

  2. They work best under pressure.

  3. That's what we do best!

  4. We need to think about how best to fix this problem.

  5. The work should be done by the people who are best able to do it.

  6. She's best suited to life in the city.

  7. He is best known for his invention of the lightbulb.

  8. The museum features some of the best-known examples of this style of painting.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of best

before 12th century


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best

noun

Simple Definition of best

  • the best : the best person or thing : the best group of people or things

  • : someone's or something's most effective, capable, or successful condition

  • : the highest level that you can do or achieve

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of best

plural

best

  1. 1 :  the best state or part

  2. 2 :  one that is best <the best falls short>

  3. 3 :  the greatest degree of good or excellence

  4. 4 a :  one's maximum effort <do your best> b :  a best performance or achievement <ran a new personal best>

  5. 5 :  best clothes <Sunday best>

at best

  1. :  under the most favorable circumstances

Examples of best in a sentence

  1. Out of all of my workers, he's the best.

  2. Our company is the best in the business.

  3. Thanks, Dad. You're the best!

  4. I have one more gift for you, and I saved the best for last.

  5. Bad things happen to the best of us.

  6. They want the best for their children.

  7. Even in the best of times, we had trouble paying our bills.

  8. In the best of all possible worlds, no one would be without food and clean water.

  9. I have a wonderful family and a great job, so I feel that I have the best of both worlds.

  10. He did his best to help them.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of best

before 12th century


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best

verb

Simple Definition of best

  • : to do better than (someone or something) : to defeat or outdo (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of best

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to get the better of :  outdo

Examples of best in a sentence

  1. <at last she's bested her card-playing mother at the game of hearts>



1863

First Known Use of best

1863


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best

verbal auxiliary

Definition of best

  1. :  had best <you best listen>



1914

First Known Use of best

1914


Best

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biographical name \ˈbest\

Definition of Best

  1. Charles Herbert 1899–1978 Canad. (Am.-born) physiol.





BEST Defined for Kids

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adjective \ˈbest\

Definition of best for Students

  1. superlative of good

  1. 1 :  better than all others <He's the best speller in the class.>

  2. 2 :  most appropriate, useful, or helpful <This is the best way to solve the problem.>

best part

  1. :  3most <It rained for the best part of their vacation.>




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adverb

Definition of best for Students

  1. superlative of well

  1. 1 :  in a way that is better than all the others <This dessert is best eaten hot.>

  2. 2 :  2most 1 <She's best able to do the work.>




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noun

Definition of best for Students

  1. 1 :  a person or thing or part of a thing that is better than all the others <You're the best!>

  2. 2 :  someone's greatest effort <Do your best.>




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verb

Definition of best for Students

bested

besting

  1. :  to do better than :  defeat or outdo <He bested us in every game.>





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