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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bestnoun

    the supreme effort one can make

    "they did their best"

  2. best, toppernoun

    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 Bestadjective

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

  4. bestadjective

    (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, scoopadverb

    get the better of

    "the goal was to best the competition"

  7. bestadverb

    in a most excellent way or manner

    "he played best after a couple of martinis"

  8. bestadverb

    it would be sensible

    "you'd best stay at home"

  9. better, bestadverb

    from a position of superiority or authority

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


  1. bestnoun

    The supreme effort one can make

    I did my best.

  2. bestnoun

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

  3. bestverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Best

    is sometimes used in composition.

    These latter best-be-trust-spies had some of them further instructions, to draw off the best friends and servants of Perkin, by making remonstrances to them, how weakly his enterprize and hopes were built. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    By this law of loving even our enemies, the christian religion discovers itself to be the most generous and bestnatured institution that ever was in the world. John Tillotson, sermon v.

  2. Bestadjective

    the superlative from good.

    Etymology: bet, betera, betst , good, better, best, Saxon.

    And he will take your fields, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 1 Samuel, viii. 14.

    When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 9.

    When he is best, he is a little more than a man; and when he is worst, he is a little better than a beast. William Shakespeare, M. of Ven.

    I think it a good argument to say, the infinitely wise God hath made it so: and therefore it is best. But it is too much confidence of our own wisdom, to say, I think it best, and therefore God hath made it so. John Locke.

    An evil intention perverts the best actions, and makes them sins. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 213.

    I profess not talking: only this,
    Let each man do his best. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    The duke did his best to come down. Francis Bacon, War with Sp.

    He does this to the best of his power. John Locke.

    My friend, said he, our sport is at the best. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    Let there be freedom to carry their commodities where they may make the best of them, except there be some special cause of caution. Francis Bacon.

    His father left him an hundred drachmas; Alnaschar, in order to make the best of it, laid it out in glasses. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    We set sail, and made the best of our way, till we were forced, by contrary winds, into St. Remo. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  3. Bestadv. [from well.

    In the highest degree of goodness.

    He shall dwell in that place where he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best. Deut. xxiii. 16.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bestadjective

    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. Bestadjective

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

  3. Bestadjective

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

  4. Bestnoun

    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. Bestverb

    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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  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. Ulrich Huwald:

    If weather conditions continue to have a more unforeseeable impact on agro business the best way to model this would be ... to increase the beta-factor within the discounted cash flow model used by me. And no, I have not yet done so.

  2. Alex Noble:

    Risk is essential. There is not growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else

  3. Abraham Lincoln:

    I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed but I am bound to live the best life that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right and part from him when he goes wrong.

  4. Hanan Friedman:

    The bank's management believes, after testing all scenarios, that it is correct to reach a settlement with the authorities, just like the world's largest banks did, our job is to reach a deal that is the best for Bank Leumi, and the best is the least expensive and fastest.

  5. Adam Glazer:

    We thrive on being together, we are a friendly collegial group, and we are at our best when everyone is here and available and functioning together as a team.

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