the best/better/greater part of

Definition of the best/better/greater part of

  1. :  more than half of (something) :  most of (something) It took us the better part of a week to finish the job. We've been waiting for the best part of an hour. They live here for the greater part of the year.

Word by Word Definitions

bestplay
  1. : superlative ofgood

    :  excelling all others

    :  most productive of good :  offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction

  1. : superlative ofwell

    :  in the best (see 1best) way :  to greatest advantage

    :  most

  1. :  the best (see 1best) state or part

    :  one that is best

    :  the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. :  to get the better of :  outdo

  1. :  had best (see 2best 1)

betterplay
  1. : comparative ofgood

    :  greater than half

    :  improved in health or mental attitude

  1. :  to make better (see 1better): such as

    :  to make more tolerable or acceptable

    :  to make more complete or perfect

  1. : comparative ofwell

    :  in a more excellent manner

    :  to greater advantage :  preferably

  1. :  something better (see 1better)

    :  a superior especially in merit or rank

    :  advantage, victory

  1. :  had better (see 3better 1b)

greaterplay
  1. :  consisting of a central city together with adjacent areas that are naturally or administratively connected with it

partplay
  1. :  one of the often indefinite or unequal subdivisions into which something is or is regarded as divided and which together constitute the whole

    :  an essential portion or integral element

    :  one of several or many equal units of which something is composed or into which it is divisible :  an amount equal to another amount

  1. :  to separate from or take leave of someone

    :  to take leave of one another

    :  to become separated into parts

  1. :  partly

  1. :  partial


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