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Meaning of BEST

Pronunciation:  best

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  1. [n]  the supreme effort one can make; "they did their best"
  2. [n]  the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others; "he could beat the best of them"
  3. [n]  Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)
  4. [adv]  it would be sensible; "you'd best stay at home"
  5. [adv]  in a most excellent way or manner; "he played best after a couple of martinis"
  6. [adv]  from a position of superiority or authority; "father knows best"; "I know better."
  7. [adj]  (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"
  8. [v]  get the better of

BEST is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: better, C. H. Best, champion, Charles Herbert Best, finest, first, foremost, good, go-to-meeting(a), greatest, high-grade, most advantageous, most desirable, optimal, optimum, outdo, outflank, primo, prizewinning, record(a), record-breaking, scoop, second-best, Sunday, Sunday-go-to-meeting(a), superfine, top(a), top-grade, topper, top-quality, trump, unexceeded, unexcelled, unsurpassable, unsurpassed
 Antonyms: worst, worst
 See Also: attempt, beat, beat out, crush, effort, endeavor, endeavour, human, incomparable, individual, mortal, outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre, outsmart, person, physiologist, shell, somebody, someone, soul, superior, trounce, try, uncomparable, vanquish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Best\ (b[e^]st), a.; superl. of Good. [AS. besta, best,
    contr. from betest, betst, betsta; akin to Goth. batists,
    OHG. pezzisto, G. best, beste, D. best, Icel. beztr, Dan.
    best, Sw. b["a]st. This word has no connection in origin with
    good. See {Better}.]
    1. 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
             When he is best, he is a little worse than a man.
             Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight.
    2. Most advanced; most correct or complete; as, the best
       scholar; the best view of a subject.
    3. Most; largest; as, the best part of a week.
    {Best man}, the only or principal groomsman at a wedding
  2. \Best\, n.
    Utmost; highest endeavor or state; most nearly perfect thing,
    or being, or action; as, to do one's best; to the best of our
    {At best}, in the utmost degree or extent applicable to the
       case; under the most favorable circumstances; as, life is
       at best very short.
    {For best}, finally. [Obs.] ``Those constitutions . . . are
       now established for best, and not to be mended.''
    {To get the best of}, to gain an advantage over, whether
       fairly or unfairly.
    {To make the best of}.
    (a) To improve to the utmost; to use or dispose of to the
        greatest advantage. ``Let there be freedom to carry their
        commodities where they can make the best of them.''
    (b) To reduce to the least possible inconvenience; as, to
        make the best of ill fortune or a bad bargain.
  3. \Best\, adv.; superl. of {Well}.
    1. In the highest degree; beyond all others. ``Thou serpent!
       That name best befits thee.'' --Milton.
             He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both
             great and small.                      --Coleridge.
    2. To the most advantage; with the most success, case,
       profit, benefit, or propriety.
             Had we best retire? I see a storm.    --Milton.
             Had I not best go to her?             --Thackeray.
    3. Most intimately; most thoroughly or correctly; as, what is
       expedient is best known to himself.
  4. \Best\, v. t.
    To get the better of. [Colloq.]
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