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English adjective: best

1. best (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities


SamplesThe best film of the year.
The best solution.
The best time for planting.
Wore his best suit.


Similarchampion, first, foremost, go-to-meeting, high-grade, optimal, optimum, primo, prizewinning, record-breaking, second-best, Sunday-go-to-meeting, superfine, top-grade, top-quality, unexceeded, unexcelled, unsurpassable, unsurpassed, world-class


See alsogood, incomparable, superior, top, uncomparable


Domain usagesuperlative


Antonymsworst

2. best (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable


SamplesIt would be better to speak to him.
The White House thought it best not to respond.


Synonymsbetter


Similaradvisable


Domain usagecomparative, comparative degree


Antonymsinadvisable, unadvisable


English noun: best

1. best (act) the supreme effort one can make


SamplesThey did their best.


Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try


Antonymsworst

2. best (person) the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others


SamplesHe could beat the best of them.


Synonymstopper


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

3. Best (person) Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)


SynonymsC. H. Best, Charles Herbert Best


Instance hypernymphysiologist


English adverb: best

1. best in a most excellent way or manner


SamplesHe played best after a couple of martinis.

2. best it would be sensible


SamplesYou'd best stay at home.

3. best from a position of superiority or authority


SamplesFather knows best.
I know better..


Synonymsbetter


English verb: best

1. best (competition) get the better of


SamplesThe goal was to best the competition.


ExamplesThe fighter managed to best his opponent


Synonymsoutdo, outflank, scoop, trump


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish


Narrower (hyponym)outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre, outsmart









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