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best

adjective \ ˈbest \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of best

1 : excelling all others
  • the best student in the class
2 : most productive of good : offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction
  • What is the best thing to do?
3 : most, largest
  • It rained for the best part of their vacation.
  • superlative of good

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.

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Origin and Etymology of best

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


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best

adverb

Definition of best

1 : in the best (see 1best) way : to greatest advantage
  • Some things are best left unsaid.
2 : most
  • Those best able will provide needed support.
  • superlative of well
as best
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of best

see 1best


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best

noun

Definition of best

plural best
1 : the best (see 1best) state or part
  • You haven't heard the best of it.
2 : one that is best
  • the best falls short
  • saved the best for last
3 : the greatest degree of good or excellence
  • He's at his best in front of a live audience.
  • democracy at its best
4 a : one's maximum effort
  • do your best
b : a best performance or achievement
  • ran a new personal best
5 : best clothes
  • wearing their Sunday best
at best
: under the most favorable circumstances
  • won't be finished for another three months at best
  • At best, you will earn back what you paid in.
  • He's an average writer at best.
  • … was among the worst schools in a city whose public education could be described as struggling, at best.
  • —Ann Carrns
get the best of
: to overcome or outdo (someone or something) : to get the better of
  • The hero got the best of the villain in the end.
  • I let my emotions get the best of me and said something I regret.
  • Let's face it: As much as we like to eat healthy, the old sweet tooth sometimes gets the best of us.
  • —Denise I. O'Neal

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.

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Origin and Etymology of best

see 1best


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best

verb

Definition of best

transitive verb
: to get the better of : outdo
  • bested by their opponents

Examples of best in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of best

see 1best


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best

auxiliary verb

Definition of best

: had best (see 2best 1)
  • you best listen

Origin and Etymology of best

see 1best


Best

biographical name \ ˈbest \

Definition of Best

Charles Herbert 1899–1978 Canadian (American-born) physiologist

BEST Defined for English Language Learners

best

adjective

Definition of best for English Language Learners

  • : better than all others in quality or value

  • : most skillful, talented, or successful

  • : most appropriate, useful, or helpful


best

adverb

Definition of best for English Language Learners

  • : 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


best

noun

Definition of best for English Language Learners

  • 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


best

verb

Definition of best for English Language Learners

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


BEST Defined for Kids

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best

adjective \ ˈbest \

Definition of best for Students

1 : better than all others
  • He's the best speller in the class.
2 : most appropriate, useful, or helpful
  • This is the best way to solve the problem.
  • superlative of good
best part
: 3most
  • It rained for the best part of their vacation.

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best

adverb

Definition of best for Students

1 : in a way that is better than all the others
  • This dessert is best eaten hot.
2 : 2most 1
  • She's best able to do the work.
  • superlative of well

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best

noun

Definition of best for Students

1 : a person or thing or part of a thing that is better than all the others
  • You're the best!
2 : someone's greatest effort
  • Do your best.

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best

verb

Definition of best for Students

bested; besting
: to do better than : defeat or outdo
  • He bested us in every game.


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