Best definition

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Surpassing all others in excellence, achievement, or quality; most excellent.

The best performer; the best grade of ore.

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Greatest; most.

He spoke for the best part of an hour.

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In a most excellent way; most creditably or advantageously.
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One that surpasses all others.
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To the greatest degree or extent; most.
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The best part, moment, or value.

The best is still to come. Let's get the best out of life.

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Most highly skilled.

The best doctor in town.

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The optimum condition or quality.

Look your best. She was at her best in the freestyle competition.

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The supreme effort one can make.

Doing our best.

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Most satisfactory, suitable, or useful; most desirable.

The best solution; the best time for planting.

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One's warmest wishes or regards.

Give them my best.

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Of the most excellent sort; surpassing all others.
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Best means in the greatest advantage or manner.

An example of best is tutoring with the most capable tutor for a struggling peer.

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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.

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The definition of best is better than all others.

An example of best is the first prize award at the science fair.

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To get the better of; beat.
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Most suitable, most desirable, most favorable, most profitable, etc.
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Being almost the whole; largest.

It took the best part of an hour.

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In the most excellent manner; in the most suitable way.
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In the highest degree; to the greatest extent; most.
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People of the highest worth, ability, or reputation.

Among the best in his profession.

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The thing, condition, circumstance, action, etc. that is most excellent, most suitable, etc.
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The most one can do; utmost.

To do one's best.

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Superlative form of good: most good.

I can either be your best friend or your worst enemy.

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Most; largest.

Unpacking took the best part of a week.

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Superlative form of well: most well.
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To the most advantage; with the most success, cause, profit, benefit, or propriety.
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(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.

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(countable) The person (persons) who is (are) most excellent.
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Something that is best.
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To surpass in skill or achievement.
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To beat in a contest;
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A surname​.
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One's nicest or most formal clothing.
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One's finest clothes.
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To win out over; defeat or outdo.
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at best
  • 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.
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for the best
  • With an ultimately positive or preferable result.
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get
  • To outdo or outwit; defeat:
    My opponent got the best of me in the debate.
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make the best of
  • To accept (a bad situation) in as good a light as possible.
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all for the best
  • turning out to be good or fortunate after all
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as best one can
  • as well as one can
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at best
  • under the most favorable conditions or interpretation
  • at most
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at one's best
  • in one's best mood, form, health, etc.
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get the best of
  • to outdo, overcome, or defeat
  • to outwit
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had best
  • ought to; would be prudent or wise to
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make the best of
  • to do as well as one can with
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with the best
  • as ably as the most able
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
best
Plural:
bests

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From German Beste (“a river in Germany”) or from Anglo-Norman beste (“beast”).

    From Wiktionary