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  1. best
    IPA[best]
  2. adjective

    adverb

    • 1. to the highest degree; most:

      you knew him best well-drained soil suits it best the one we liked best
      Synonym : most, to the highest/greatest degree
    • 2. most excellently or effectively:

      the best-dressed man in Hollywood the things we do best
      Synonym : to the highest standard, in the best way
    • 3. most suitably, appropriately, or usefully:

      jokes are best avoided in essays this is best done at home
      Synonym : most sensibly, most prudently, most wisely, most suitably, most fittingly, most advantageously, most usefully, better

    noun

    • 1. that which is the most excellent, outstanding, or desirable:

      buy the best you can afford Sarah always had to be the best at everything this year’s event will cover the best of both domestic and international manufacturing practices
      Synonym : finest, top, cream, choice, choicest, prime, elite, crème de la crème, flower, jewel in the crown, nonpareil, the tops, the pick of the bunch
    • 2. the most meritorious aspect of a thing or person:

      he brought out the best in people
      Synonym : most favorable/pleasant aspect, best point, advantage, asset, virtue, good point
    • 3. the peak of condition; the highest standard or level that a person or thing can reach:

      this is jazz at its best try to look your best
    • 4. one's finest or most formal clothes:

      she dressed in her best
      Synonym : best clothes, finery, Sunday best, best bib and tucker, glad rags
    • 5. (in sports) a record performance:

      a lifetime best of 12.0 seconds

    verb

    • 1. outwit or get the better of (someone):

      she refused to allow herself to be bested
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: best, plural noun: one's bests

    • v.: verb: best, 3rd person present: bests, gerund or present participle: besting, past tense: bested, past participle: bested

    • adjective

      of the most excellent or desirable type or quality:

      most enjoyable:

    • adverb

      to the highest degree; most (used with verbs suggesting a desirable action or state or a successful outcome):

      to the highest standard:

    • noun

      that which is the most excellent, outstanding, or desirable:

      the finest aspect of a person or thing:

    • adverb

      in a good or satisfactory way:

      in a way that is appropriate to the facts or circumstances:

    • adjective

      in good health; free or recovered from illness:

      in a satisfactory state or position:

    • exclamation

      used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief:

      used when pausing to consider one's next words:

    • noun

      a shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil, or gas.

      a water spring or fountain.

    • verb

      (of a liquid) rise to the surface and spill or be about to spill:

      (of an emotion) arise and become more intense:

    • adjective

      of a more excellent or effective type or quality:

      more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised:

    • adverb

      more excellently or effectively:

      to a greater degree; more:

    • noun

      the better one; that which is better:

      one's superiors in social class or ability:

    • noun

      variant spelling of bettor
    • adverb

      in a good or satisfactory way:

      in a way that is appropriate to the facts or circumstances:

    • adjective

      in good health; free or recovered from illness:

      in a satisfactory state or position:

    • exclamation

      used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, resignation, or relief:

      used when pausing to consider one's next words, to mark the resumption or end of a conversation, etc.:

    • noun

      a shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil, or gas.

      a water spring or fountain.

    • verb

      (of a liquid) rise up to the surface and spill or be about to spill:

      (of an emotion) develop and become more intense:

    • adjective

      more desirable, satisfactory, or effective:

      more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised:

    • adverb

      more excellently or effectively:

      to a greater degree; more (used in connection with success or with desirable actions or conditions):

    • noun

      the better one; that which is better:

      one's superiors in social class or ability:

    • noun

      variant spelling of bettor
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