Definitions for: Best

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

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.

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.

Best, v. t.
To get the better of. [Colloq.]

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

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