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."

Definitions of best
  1. adjective
    (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
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    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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  2. adjective
    (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
  3. adverb
    in a most excellent way or manner
  4. adverb
    from a position of superiority or authority
    “father knows best
    synonyms: better
  5. adverb
    it would be sensible
    “you'd best stay at home”
  6. noun
    the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others
    “he could beat the best of them”
    synonyms: topper
  7. noun
    the supreme effort one can make
    “they did their best
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    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
  8. verb
    get the better of
    “the goal was to best the competition”
    synonyms: outdo, outflank, scoop, trump
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    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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