- The definition of best is better than all others.
An example of best is the first prize award at the science fair.
- Best means in the greatest advantage or manner.
An example of best is tutoring with the most capable tutor for a struggling peer.
- Best is defined as the greatest degree or highest efforts.
An example of best is having tried as hard as possible to finish a race.
This ribbon will be given to the best.
- of the most excellent sort; surpassing all others
- most suitable, most desirable, most favorable, most profitable, etc.
- being almost the whole; largest: it took the best part of an hour
Origin of bestMiddle English best, betst ; from Old English betst (akin to Gothic batists) ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form bhad-, good from source Sanskrit bhadrá-ḥ, fortunate, good
- in the most excellent manner; in the most suitable way
- in the highest degree; to the greatest extent; most
- people of the highest worth, ability, or reputation: among the best in his profession
- the thing, condition, circumstance, action, etc. that is most excellent, most suitable, etc.
- the most one can do; utmost: to do one's best
- advantage: to get the best of an opponent
- one's finest clothes
all for the best
as best one can
- under the most favorable conditions or interpretation
- at most
at one's best
get the best ofor have the best of
- to outdo, overcome, or defeat
- to outwit
make the best of
with the best
adjectiveSuperlative of good.
- Surpassing all others in excellence, achievement, or quality; most excellent: the best performer; the best grade of ore.
- Most satisfactory, suitable, or useful; most desirable: the best solution; the best time for planting.
- Greatest; most: He spoke for the best part of an hour.
- Most highly skilled: the best doctor in town.
adverbSuperlative of well2.
- In a most excellent way; most creditably or advantageously.
- To the greatest degree or extent; most: “He was certainly the best hated man in the ship” (W. Somerset Maugham).
- One that surpasses all others.
- The best part, moment, or value: The best is still to come. Let's get the best out of life.
- The optimum condition or quality: look your best. She was at her best in the freestyle competition.
- One's nicest or most formal clothing.
- The supreme effort one can make: doing our best.
- One's warmest wishes or regards: Give them my best.
transitive verbbest·ed, best·ing, bests
Origin of bestMiddle English, from Old English betst; see bhad- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: According to a traditional rule of grammar, better, not best, should be used in comparisons between two things: Which house of Congress has the better attendance record? This rule is often ignored in practice, but it still has many devoted adherents. In certain fixed expressions, however, best is used idiomatically for comparisons between two: Put your best foot forward. May the best team win! See Usage Notes at have, rather.
(countable and uncountable, plural bests)
- (uncountable) The supreme effort one can make, or has made.
- I did my best.
- My personal best in that race is eighteen minutes, four seconds.
- (countable) The person (persons) who is (are) most excellent.
- something that is best
(third-person singular simple present bests, present participle besting, simple past and past participle bested)
- To worst.
From Middle English beste, from Old English betst, betest (“best”), from Proto-Germanic *batistaz (“best”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhAd- (“good”). Cognate with Scots best (“best”), West Frisian best (“best”), Dutch best (“best”), Low German best (“best”), German beste (“best”), Danish bedst (“best”), Swedish bäst (“best”), Icelandic bestur (“best”). More at better.
- A surname.
Variant of good
- suitable to a purpose; effective; efficient: a lamp good to read by
- producing favorable results; beneficial; salutary: good exercise for the legs
- in accord with prevailing usage: good English
- clever or witty: a good quip
- excellent of its kind: a good novel
- best or considered best: her good china
- virtuous; honest; just
- pious; devout
- kind, benevolent, generous, sympathetic, etc.
- well-behaved; dutiful
- proper; becoming; correct: good manners
- socially acceptable: a good family
- to a considerable amount, extent, or degree: a good many, a good beating at least; full: we waited a good six hours
Origin of goodMiddle English gode ; from Old English gōd, akin to German gut ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghedh-, to unite, be associated, suitable from source gather
- that which is morally right
- worth; virtue; merit: the good in a man
- something contributing to health, welfare, happiness, etc.; benefit; advantage: the greatest good of the greatest number
- something desirable or desired
as good as
come to no good
for good (and all)
- able to survive, endure, or be used for (a specified period of time)
- worth: a coupon good for 10¢
- able to pay, repay, or give
- sure to result in: good for a laugh
- ☆ used to express approval: good for you!
- those who are good
- what is morally good
to the good