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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


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.



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


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

SamplesHe could beat the best of them.


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..


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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