[best] or [bɛst]
(noun.) the supreme effort one can make; 'they did their best'.
(noun.) the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others; 'he could beat the best of them'.
(noun.) Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978).
(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' .
(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'.
Inputed by Annie--From WordNet
(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.
(a.) Most advanced; most correct or complete; as, the best scholar; the best view of a subject.
(a.) Most; largest; as, the best part of a week.
(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.
(superl.) In the highest degree; beyond all others.
(superl.) To the most advantage; with the most success, case, profit, benefit, or propriety.
(superl.) Most intimately; most thoroughly or correctly; as, what is expedient is best known to himself.
(v. t.) To get the better of.
Inputed by Lilly
Synonyms and Synonymous
a. . Most good, most excellent, superlatively good, good in the highest degree.. Most wise, most judicious, most expedient.
ad. . Most of all, in the highest degree, beyond all others.. With most propriety, most profitably or advantageously, to the greatest advantage.. Most intimately, most thoroughly, most completely.. With the highest qualification, by the clearest title.
n. . Highest perfection.. Utmost, greatest effort, highest endeavor, the most that can be done.
Inputed by Enoch
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.
Typed by Cyril
- The Unquenchables had done their best to be worthy of the name, for like elves they had worked by night and conjured up a comical surprise. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- It's the best joke of the season, isn't it? Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- We must begin, for Laura's sake, where there is the best chance of success, I replied. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Firstly, because I say so; and secondly, because discretion and reserve are a girl's best wisdom. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- We acted with the best intentions. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- To-morrow, loveliest and best, hope and joy of my life, to-morrow I will see thee--Fool, to dream of a moment's delay! Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- It would be best to be away from here before I see her. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- It were no disgrace to be bested by John Carter. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- None of this world could have bested eight of the First Born single-handed. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.