What does best mean?

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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."


  1. best(Noun)

    The supreme effort one can make

    I did my best.

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

  2. best(Noun)

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

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

  3. best(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Best

    best, adj. (serves as superl. of Good) good in the highest degree: first: highest: most excellent.—n. one's utmost endeavour: the highest perfection.—adv. (superl. of Well) in the highest degree: in the best manner.—v.t. (coll.) to get the better of.—Best man and Best maid, the groomsman and bridesmaid at a wedding.—At the best, or At best, in the best possible way, at most after every allowance is made; For the best, with the best intentions; I were best = it were best for me.—To have the best of it, to gain the advantage in a contest; To make the best of one's way, to go by the best possible road; To put one's best foot foremost, to do the best, or to make the best show, one can. [A.S. betst, betest. See Better.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of best in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of best in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of best in a Sentence

  1. John Boehner:

    Keep the country's best interest in mind and have the courage to do what you can do, in our system of government, it's not about Hail Mary passes. It's the Woody Hayes school of football -- three yards and a cloud of dust. Three yards and a cloud of dust. It's a slow, methodical process.

  2. Joe Bagley:

    Luxury items are rare in other 17th century sites in New England, but the two best sites found in Boston, including this one, have a high number of them showing that Boston was a center of wealth for the region and its residents who had that wealth were willing and able to show off a bit, despite their Puritan lifestyle.

  3. Jim Renacci:

    I believe governors know what's best for states like mayors know what's best for cities, the closer you get to people, the better it will be. I'm a big believer in letting those decisions be made at state level.

  4. Roland Christensen:

    I appreciate all you did Tom, i know you did your best.

  5. Hala Abdel Malak:

    Arabic is one of the most beautiful languages. There's a lot of depth and poetry and really great expressions. As a language it's a lot more deep and sophisticated than English for example, i think it's our responsibility to be able to counter all of this hatred and fear with knowledge and education and art and design. I think art is the best platform to really bring forth new ideas.

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