Pronunciation: (best),[key] —adj.,superl. ofgood with betteras compar. 1. of the highest quality, excellence, or standing: the best work; the best students. 2. most advantageous, suitable, or desirable: the best way. 3. largest; most: the best part of a day.
—adv.,superl. ofwell with betteras compar. 1. most excellently or suitably; with most advantage or success: an opera role that best suits her voice. 2. in or to the highest degree; most fully (usually used in combination): best-suited; best-known; best-loved. 3. as best one can, in the best way possible under the circumstances: We tried to smooth over the disagreement as best we could. 4. had best, would be wisest or most reasonable to; ought to: You had best phone your mother to tell her where you are going.
—n. 1. something or someone that is best: They always demand and get the best. The best of us can make mistakes. 2. a person's finest clothing: It's important that you wear your best. 3. a person's most agreeable or desirable emotional state (often prec. by at).
4. a person's highest degree of competence, inspiration, etc. (often prec. by at).
5. the highest quality to be found in a given activity or category of things (often prec. by at): cabinetmaking at its best. 6. the best effort that a person, group, or thing can make: Their best fell far short of excellence. 7. a person's best wishes or kindest regards: Please give my best to your father. 8. all for the best, for the good as the final result; to an ultimate advantage: At the time it was hard to realize how it could be all for the best.Also,for the best. 9. at best, under the most favorable circumstances: You may expect to be treated civilly, at best. 10. get or have the best of, a. to gain the advantage over.
b. to defeat; subdue: His arthritis gets the best of him from time to time. 11. make the best of, to cope with in the best way possible: to make the best of a bad situation. 12. with the best, on a par with the most capable: He can play bridge with the best.
—v.t. to get the better of; defeat; beat: He easily bested his opponent in hand-to-hand combat. She bested me in the argument.
Pronunciation: (best),[key] —n. Charles Herbert, 1899–1978, Canadian physiologist, born in the U.S.: one of the discoverers of insulin.