best

Nothing is better than the best — this is a word for the absolute number one example of something. Best is the opposite of worst.

People love arguing about who's the best at different things. Most people think Michael Jordan is the best basketball player of all-time, and Wayne Gretzky is the best hockey player ever, but there's not much agreement on who's the best football player or baseball player. Best has other meanings too: If you defeated someone, you bested them. People also use this word to recommend something, as in "It would be best to get a lot of sleep."

Primary Meanings of best

1.
adjadvn
(superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
in a most excellent way or manner
the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others
2.
v
get the better of
Full Definitions of best
1

adj (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”
Synonyms:
champion, prizewinning
holding first place in a contest
high-grade, top-grade, top-quality
surpassing in quality
first, foremost, world-class
ranking above all others
Sunday-go-to-meeting, go-to-meeting
used of clothing
optimal, optimum
most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied
primo
the best of its kind
record-breaking
surpassing any previously established record
second-best
next to the best
superfine
(used especially of merchandise) very fine in quality
unexceeded, unexcelled, unsurpassed
not capable of being improved on
unsurpassable
not to be exceeded
incomparable, uncomparable
such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared
good
having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
superior
of high or superior quality or performance
top
situated at the top or highest position
Antonyms:
worst
(superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition
bottom
the lowest rank
last, last-place, lowest
lowest in rank or importance
pessimal, pessimum
of an organism's environment; least favorable for survival
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities
inferior
of low or inferior quality
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adj (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable

“the White House thought it best not to respond”
Synonyms:
better
advisable
worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise

adv in a most excellent way or manner

“he played best after a couple of martinis”

adv from a position of superiority or authority

“father knows best
Synonyms:
better

adv it would be sensible

“you'd best stay at home”

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

“he could beat the best of them”
Synonyms:
topper
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n the supreme effort one can make

“they did their best
Antonyms:
worst
the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of
Type of:
attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
2

v get the better of

“the goal was to best the competition”
Synonyms:
outdo, outflank, scoop, trump
Types:
outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre, outsmart
defeat by more skillful maneuvering
outgeneral
surpass in generalship
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

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