adjective, superlative of good, with better as comparative.
adverb, superlative of well, with better as comparative.
verb (used with object)
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Idioms for best
- to gain the advantage over.
- to defeat; subdue: His arthritis gets the best of him from time to time.
Definition for best (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for best
In a recent Fox poll, Clinton bested Christie by 11 points, Jeb Bush by 13 and Ted Cruz by 16.
The Patriots had bested the Giants in the last game of the regular season but they would not be able to do so again.Seahawks-Broncos and 7 Other Thrilling Super Bowl Matchups|Ben Jacobs|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bryk came in third, but he notes with pride that he bested the coal scuttle helmet man in his home county.Brooklyn’s Lazy Carpetbagger Sets His Sights on an Alaska Senate Seat|David Freedlander|December 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This week, the distance between Barack Obama and the Republican he bested to first become president got a whole lot smaller.John McCain’s Middle East War Drumbeat: Iraq, Libya, and Now Syria|Lloyd Green|June 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ancient empires were accustomed to reshaping the religious identities of those they bested in war.The Death of Jesus and the Rise of the Christian Persecution Myth|Candida Moss|March 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This casual way of administering justice was amusing enough, and consoled one for the feeling of having been "bested."Wild Spain (Espaa agreste)|Abel Chapman
In September, 1892, he bested a bull clique and forced prices down to twelve cents.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
We've been bested in a dozen bouts, and nearly always by a fluke.The Million Dollar Mystery|Harold MacGrath
He felt it due to himself also, as a matter of professional etiquette, not to be 'bested' by a prisoner under sentence.Nevermore|Rolf Boldrewood
I've bested you for the present—that's the chief thing, anyway.The Passenger from Calais|Arthur Griffiths
British Dictionary definitions for best (1 of 2)
- to do one's utmost to make progress
- to hurry
- in the most favourable interpretation
- under the most favourable conditions
- for an ultimately good outcome
- with good intentionshe meant it for the best
Word Origin for best
British Dictionary definitions for best (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for best
Scientific definitions for best
Idioms and Phrases with best
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.