English dictionary

best meaning and definition

BEST noun

Definition of best (noun)

  1. the supreme effort one can make
    • "they did their best"
    • antonym: worst
  2. the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others
    • "he could beat the best of them"
    • synonyms: topper
  3. Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)

BEST verb

Definition of best (verb)

  1. get the better of

BEST adjective

Definition of best (adjective)

  1. (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"
    • antonym: worst
  2. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
    • "it would be better to speak to him"; "the White House thought it best not to respond"
    • synonyms: better

BEST adverb

Definition of best (adverb)

  1. in a most excellent way or manner
    • "he played best after a couple of martinis"
  2. it would be sensible
    • "you'd best stay at home"
  3. from a position of superiority or authority
    • "father knows best"; "I know better."
    • synonyms: better
Source: Princeton University Wordnet