Definitions for BEST

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


Princeton's WordNet

  1. best(noun)

    the supreme effort one can make

    "they did their best"

  2. best, topper(noun)

    the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others

    "he could beat the best of them"

  3. Best, C. H. Best, Charles Herbert Best(adj)

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

  4. best(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"

  5. better(p), best(p)(verb)

    (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"

  6. outdo, outflank, trump, best, scoop(adverb)

    get the better of

    "the goal was to best the competition"

  7. best(adverb)

    in a most excellent way or manner

    "he played best after a couple of martinis"

  8. best(adverb)

    it would be sensible

    "you'd best stay at home"

  9. better, best(adverb)

    from a position of superiority or authority

    "father knows best"; "I know better."

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. best(adjective)ˈɛst

    better than all others

    the best song on the CD; The new method is best.

  2. bestˈɛst

    a person sb knows and likes most

  3. best(adverb)ˈɛst

    more than others

    I liked Tim best.; Of the three songs, I know this one best.

  4. bestˈɛst

    in a better way than all others

    the method that works best

  5. best(noun)ˈɛst

    sb or sth that is better than all others

    Of all the teams, they are the best.

  6. bestˈɛst

    the most satisfactory situation

    Most teachers just want the best for their students.

  7. bestˈɛst

    the best aspects of two different situations

    Combining working at home and in the office gives me the best of both worlds.

  8. bestˈɛst

    looking at sth in the most positive way

    I'd call the movie "average" at best.

  9. bestˈɛst

    feeling as good as possible

    I'm not at my best late at night.

  10. bestˈɛst

    to perform as well as you can

    He didn't win, but he did his best.

  11. bestˈɛst

    indicates that a bad thing has a good side

    She didn't make the team, but it was probably for the best.

  12. bestˈɛst

    to deal with a bad situation as well as you can

    We made the best of it, even though it rained.


  1. best(Noun)

    The supreme effort one can make

    I did my best.

  2. best(Noun)

    The person (or persons) who is (are) most excellent.

  3. best(Verb)

    To beat in a contest; to surpass in skill or achievement.

  4. Origin: From beste, from betst, betest, from batistaz, from bhAd-. Cognate with best, best, best, beste, bedst, bäst, bestur. More at better.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Best(adj)

    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

  2. Best(adj)

    most advanced; most correct or complete; as, the best scholar; the best view of a subject

  3. Best(adj)

    most; largest; as, the best part of a week

  4. Best(noun)

    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

  5. Best

    in the highest degree; beyond all others

  6. Best

    to the most advantage; with the most success, case, profit, benefit, or propriety

  7. Best

    most intimately; most thoroughly or correctly; as, what is expedient is best known to himself

  8. Best(verb)

    to get the better of


  1. Best, Netherlands

    Best is a municipality and a village in the southern Netherlands. It is situated northwest of the city Eindhoven, and is also part of the agglomeration of this city. The headquarters of Europe's largest meat processor Vion NV are located in Best, as are Philips Healthcare and the Bata Shoe Organization's "Bata Protective" operations.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BEST' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #320

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BEST' in Written Corpus Frequency: #433

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BEST' in Adverbs Frequency: #120

Anagrams of BEST

  1. bets

Translations for BEST

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in the best manner

She sings best (of all).

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