Definition of Best

1. Noun. The supreme effort one can make. "They did their best"

Generic synonyms: Attempt, Effort, Endeavor, Endeavour, Try
Antonyms: Worst

2. Verb. Get the better of. "The fighter managed to best his opponent"; "The goal was to best the competition"
Exact synonyms: Outdo, Outflank, Scoop, Trump
Generic synonyms: Beat, Beat Out, Crush, Shell, Trounce, Vanquish
Specialized synonyms: Outmaneuver, Outmanoeuvre, Outsmart

3. Adjective. (superlative of 'good') having the most positive qualities. "Wore his best suit"

4. Adverb. In a most excellent way or manner. "He played best after a couple of martinis"

5. Noun. The person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others. "He could beat the best of them"
Exact synonyms: Topper
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Derivative terms: Top, Top

6. Adjective. (comparative and superlative of 'well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable. "The White House thought it best not to respond"
Exact synonyms: Better
Language type: Comparative, Comparative Degree
Similar to: Advisable

7. Adverb. It would be sensible. "You'd best stay at home"

8. Noun. Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978).
Exact synonyms: C. H. Best, Charles Herbert Best
Generic synonyms: Physiologist

9. Adverb. From a position of superiority or authority. "I know better."
Exact synonyms: Better

Definition of Best

1. a. 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. 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 ability.

3. adv. In the highest degree; beyond all others.

4. v. t. To get the better of.

Definition of Best

1. Proper noun. (surname) ¹

2. Adjective. (superlative of good) ¹

3. Adverb. (superlative of well lang=English POS=adverb) ¹

4. Noun. The supreme effort one can make ¹

5. Noun. The person (or persons) who is (are) most excellent. ¹

6. Noun. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To beat in a contest; to surpass in skill or achievement. ¹

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Definition of Best

1. to outdo [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: outdo

Medical Definition of Best

1. 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. 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. "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. 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." . To reduce to the least possible inconvenience; as, to make the best of ill fortune or a bad bargain. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Best

best (current term)
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best bet
best bib and tucker
best boy
best boys
best efforts

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