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Definition 1: the supreme effort one can make - [noun denoting act]

Samples where best or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they did their best

(best is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

Definition 2: the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others - [noun denoting person]

Samples where best or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could beat the best of them

Synonyms for best in the sense of this definition

(best is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

Definition 3: Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for best in the sense of this definition

(best is an instance of ...) a biologist specializing in physiology

Definition 4: get the better of - [verb of competition]

Samples where best or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the goal was to best the competition

Synonyms for best in the sense of this definition

(best is a kind of ...) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship" "We beat the competition" "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

(... is a kind of best ) defeat by more skillful maneuvering

"The English troops outmaneuvered the Germans" "My new supervisor knows how to outmaneuver the boss in most situations"

Definition 5: (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where best or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the best film of the year
  • the best solution
  • the best time for planting
  • wore his best suit

(best is similar to ...) next to the best

"his second-best bed"

(best is similar to ...) not to be exceeded

"unsurpassable skill" "unsurpassable standards of workmanship"

(best is similar to ...) not capable of being improved on

(best is similar to ...) (used especially of merchandise) very fine in quality

"made of superfine Flemish cloth"

(best is similar to ...) surpassing any previously established record

"a record-breaking high jump" "record-breaking crowds"

(best is similar to ...) the best of its kind

(best is similar to ...) most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied

"an optimum return on capital" "optimal concentration of a drug"

(best is similar to ...) used of clothing

"my good clothes" "her Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes"

(best is similar to ...) ranking above all others

"was first in her class" "the foremost figure among marine artists" "the top graduate"

(best is similar to ...) surpassing in quality

"top-grade ore"

(best is similar to ...) holding first place in a contest

"a champion show dog" "a prizewinning wine"

(means also ...) of high or superior quality or performance

"superior wisdom derived from experience" "superior math students"

(means also ...) having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified

"good news from the hospital" "a good report card" "when she was good she was very very good" "a good knife is one good for cutting" "this stump will make a good picnic table" "a good check" "a good joke" "a good exterior paint" "a good secretary" "a good dress for the office"

(means also ...) such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared

"an incomparable week of rest and pleasure" "the computer proceeds with its incomparable logic and efficiency" "this report is incomparable with the earlier ones because of different breakdowns of the data"

(means also ...) situated at the top or highest position

"the top shelf"

(best is used in the usage domain ...) an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)

"the critics lavished superlatives on it"

Definition 6: it would be sensible - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where best or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you'd best stay at home

Definition 7: in a most excellent way or manner - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where best or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he played best after a couple of martinis

Definition 8: from a position of superiority or authority - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where best or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • father knows best
  • I know better.

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Definition 9: (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where best or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it would be better to speak to him
  • the White House thought it best not to respond

Synonyms for best in the sense of this definition

(best is similar to ...) worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise

"such action is neither necessary nor advisable" "extreme caution is advisable" "it is advisable to telephone first"

(best is used in the usage domain ...) the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

"`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'" "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'" "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"

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