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 the head to head, surveying only Republican primary voters, McConnell bests Bevin 55 percent to 29 percent.Tea Partier Matt Bevin Is Selling Himself as the Anti-Mitch McConnell|Sam Youngman|February 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not a single one of them—not Herman Cain nor Mitt Romney nor Rick Perry—bests a badly weakened Barack Obama in the latest polls.
She should have not one trade but twenty hobbies; she, unlike the man, may develop all her second bests.
She felt that she was an old woman, and 'second bests' her lot in the coming years.Elsie Inglis|Eva Shaw McLaren
The whole is an extravagant riot of second bests, a pandemonium of pis-aller.
When he himself agitated for that Smiley multiplied the bests upon her as long as there to him remained a red.The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Other youths were wearing gaudy ties and imperilling their Sunday bests; he was letting precious time slip.The Place Beyond the Winds|Harriet T. Comstock
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)
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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.