(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities

- the best film of the year

- the best solution

- the best time for planting

Similar word(s): champion, prizewinning, first, foremost, optimal, optimum, primo, superfine, unexceeded, unexcelled, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, incomparable, uncomparable, good, superior, top

2. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable

- the White House thought it best not to respond

Similar word(s): advisable, better

Sentences with best as an adjective:

- I can either be your best friend or your worst enemy.

- Unpacking took the best part of a week.


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

Similar word(s): better


1. the supreme effort one can make

- they did their best

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

2. the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others

- he could beat the best of them

Similar word(s): topper

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

Sentences with best as a noun:

- I did my best.

- My personal best in that race is eighteen minutes, four seconds.


1. get the better of

- the goal was to best the competition

Similar word(s): outdo, outflank, scoop, trump

Definition categories: competition, beat, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish