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Definitions of best

  1. the supreme effort one can make; " they did their best"
  2. the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others; " he could beat the best of them"
  3. it would be sensible; " you'd best stay at home"
  4. in a most excellent way or manner; " he played best after a couple of martinis"
  5. ( superlative of ` good') having the most positive qualities; " the best film of the year"; " the best solution"; " the best time for planting"; " wore his best suit"
  6. ( comparative and superlative of ` well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; " it would be better to speak to him"; " the White House thought it best not to respond"
  7. be or do something to a greater degree; " her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; " She outdoes all other athletes"; " This exceeds all my expectations"; " This car outperforms all others in its class"
  8. get the better of; " the goal was to best the competition"
  9. Having good qualities in the highest degree; most good, kind, desirable, suitable, etc.; most excellent; as, the best man; the best road; the best cloth; the best abilities.
  10. Most advanced; most correct or complete; as, the best scholar; the best view of a subject.
  11. Most; largest; as, the best part of a week.
  12. Utmost; highest endeavor or state; most nearly perfect thing, or being, or action; as, to do one's best; to the best of our ability.
  13. In the highest degree; beyond all others.
  14. To the most advantage; with the most success, case, profit, benefit, or propriety.
  15. Most intimately; most thoroughly or correctly; as, what is expedient is best known to himself.
  16. To get the better of.
  17. Having the highest degree of goodness or excellence; of the first quality or standing; most desirable, suitable, advantageous, etc.; largest.
  18. The highest state of excellence; the greatest endeavor; all one can do or show.
  19. To get the better of; to surpass.
  20. Of good.
  21. ( serves as superl. of GOOD) Good in the highest degree: first: highest: most excellent.
  22. One's utmost endeavor: the highest perfection.
  23. ( superl. of WELL) In the highest degree: in the best manner.
  24. In the best manner, or highest degree.
  25. Most good; most excellent.
  26. Most excellent.
  27. The most excellent; the highest degree; the utmost.
  28. In the most excellent manner; with the most favorable result; to the utmost degree.
  29. Superl. of good, good or excellent in the highest degree; most desirable. At best, in the utmost degree or extent. To the best of, to the utmost extent of. To make the best of, to realize the most that one can out of anything; to make the most of. The best of the way, the greater part.
  30. Superl. of well, in the highest degree; beyond all others; most easily, successfully, & c.
  31. Utmost; highest endeavour, as to do one's best. See Better.
  32. Superl. of good; good in the highest degree.
  33. The utmost; the highest endeavour, as to do ones best : the best, the highest perfection : do the best, use the utmost power : make the best, improve or do to the utmost.
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Usage examples for best

  1. And how make the best of this? – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  2. That's what you had best do. – The Lady Of Blossholme by H. Rider Haggard
  3. What is right and best for them? – The Friendships of Women by William Rounseville Alger
  4. It was one of the best things he did. – Somewhere in France by Richard Harding Davis
  5. " I'll try to take you as I find you and- make the best of you. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  6. And so I did, and it turned out all for the best! – The First Distiller by Leo Tolstoy
  7. I'm not in the best of humours now. – The White Squaw by Mayne Reid
  8. But there it is, and you can do your best with it. – Vailima-Letters by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  9. It is a very little thing, perhaps, but it is the best thing of all. – Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  10. Was he the best man you could get? – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  11. This has been the best night's work yet. – Every Man for Himself by Hopkins Moorhouse
  12. All right, you know best. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  13. He was Harry's best man. – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  14. The best of you!" – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  15. I didn't want to speak, dear, but perhaps it is best. – Benita, An African Romance by H. Rider Haggard
  16. What are we all- the best of us? – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. I will do what you think best. – Into the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  18. The best in the world. – Ashton-Kirk, Investigator by John T. McIntyre
  19. What had we best do? – The Story of Jessie by Mabel Quiller-Couch
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