[ best ]
/ bɛst /
adjective, superl. of good with better as compar.
of the highest quality, excellence, or standing: the best work; the best students.
most advantageous, suitable, or desirable: the best way.
largest; most: the best part of a day.
adverb, superl. of well with better as compar.
most excellently or suitably; with most advantage or success: an opera role that best suits her voice.
in or to the highest degree; most fully (usually used in combination): best-suited; best-known; best-loved.
something or someone that is best: They always demand and get the best. The best of us can make mistakes.
a person's finest clothing: It's important that you wear your best.
a person's most agreeable or desirable emotional state (often preceded by at).
a person's highest degree of competence, inspiration, etc. (often preceded by at).
the highest quality to be found in a given activity or category of things (often preceded by at): cabinetmaking at its best.
the best effort that a person, group, or thing can make: Their best fell far short of excellence.
a person's best wishes or kindest regards: Please give my best to your father.
verb (used with object)
to get the better of; defeat; beat: He easily bested his opponent in hand-to-hand combat. She bested me in the argument.
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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.
as best one can, in the best way possible under the circumstances: We tried to smooth over the disagreement as best we could.
- to gain the advantage over.
- to defeat; subdue: His arthritis gets the best of him from time to time.
at best, under the most favorable circumstances: You may expect to be treated civilly, at best.
get/have the best of,
had best, would be wisest or most reasonable to; ought to: You had best phone your mother to tell her where you are going.
make the best of, to cope with in the best way possible: to make the best of a bad situation.
with the best, on a par with the most capable: He can play bridge with the best.
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British Dictionary definitions for as best one can (1 of 2)
/ (bɛst) /
the superlative of good
most excellent of a particular group, category, etc
most suitable, advantageous, desirable, attractive, etc
the best part of most ofthe best part of an hour
put one's best foot forward
- to do one's utmost to make progress
- to hurry
the superlative of well 1
in a manner surpassing all others; most excellently, advantageously, attractively, etc
(in combination) in or to the greatest degree or extent; mostthe best-loved hero
as best one can or as best one may as effectively as possible within one's limitations
had best would be wise, sensible, etc, toyou had best go now
the best the most outstanding or excellent person, thing, or group in a category
(often preceded by at) the most excellent, pleasing, or skilled quality or conditionjournalism at its best
the most effective effort of which a person or group is capableeven their best was inadequate
a winning majoritythe best of three games
Also: all the best best wishesshe sent him her best
a person's smartest outfit of clothing
- in the most favourable interpretation
- under the most favourable conditions
for the best
- for an ultimately good outcome
- with good intentionshe meant it for the best
get the best of or have the best of to surpass, defeat, or outwit; better
give someone the best to concede someone's superiority
make the best of to cope as well as possible in the unfavourable circumstances of (often in the phrases make the best of a bad job, make the best of it)
six of the best informal six strokes with a cane on the buttocks or hand
(tr) to gain the advantage over or defeat
Word Origin for best
Old English betst; related to Gothic batista, Old High German bezzist
British Dictionary definitions for as best one can (2 of 2)
/ (bɛst) /
Charles Herbert . 1899–1978, Canadian physiologist: associated with Banting and Macleod in their discovery of insulin in 1922
George . 1946–2005, Northern Ireland footballer
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Medicine definitions for as best one can
Charles Herbert 1899-1978
[ bĕst ]
American-born Canadian physiologist noted for the discovery and successful clinical application of insulin.
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Science definitions for as best one can
Charles Herbert 1899-1978
[ bĕst ]
American-born Canadian physiologist who assisted Frederick Banting in the discovery of the hormone insulin. In acknowledgment of his work, Banting shared his portion of the 1923 Nobel Prize with Best. In addition to further refining the use of insulin, Best later discovered the vitamin choline and the enzyme histaminase, which breaks down histamine.
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Idioms and Phrases with as best one can (1 of 2)
as best one can
To the ultimate of one's ability, as in We'll have to get along without it as best we can [Mid-1800s] Also see do one's best.
Idioms and Phrases with as best one can (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with best
- best bib and tucker
- best of both worlds, the
- best part of something
- best shot
- all for the best
- all the best
- as best one can
- at best
- at one's best
- come off (second-best)
- do one's best
- get the better (best) of
- give it one's best shot
- had better (best)
- make the best of it
- on one's best behavior
- put one's best foot forward
- second best
- Sunday best
- in one's (best) interest
- to the best of one's ability
- with the best of them
- with the best will in the world
Also see underbetter.
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