The best performer; the best grade of ore.
He spoke for the best part of an hour.
The best is still to come. Let's get the best out of life.
The best doctor in town.
Look your best. She was at her best in the freestyle competition.
Doing our best.
The best solution; the best time for planting.
Give them my best.
An example of best is tutoring with the most capable tutor for a struggling peer.
An example of best is having tried as hard as possible to finish a race.
An example of best is the first prize award at the science fair.
It took the best part of an hour.
Among the best in his profession.
To do one's best.
Unpacking took the best part of a week.
I did my best.
My personal best in that race is eighteen minutes, four seconds.
- Interpreted most favorably; at the most:No more than 40 people at best in attendance.
- Under the most favorable conditions:Has a top speed of 20 miles per hour at best.
- With an ultimately positive or preferable result.
- To outdo or outwit; defeat:My opponent got the best of me in the debate.
- To accept (a bad situation) in as good a light as possible.
- turning out to be good or fortunate after all
- as well as one can
- under the most favorable conditions or interpretation
- at most
- in one's best mood, form, health, etc.
- to outdo, overcome, or defeat
- to outwit
- ought to; would be prudent or wise to
- to do as well as one can with
- as ably as the most able
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Origin of best
- Middle English from Old English betst bhad- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.