Best

Definition of Best

Pronunciation: bĕst
a.1.Having good qualities in the highest degree; most good, kind, desirable, suitable, etc.; most excellent; as, the best man; the best road; the best cloth; the best abilities.
When he is best, he is a little worse than a man.
- Shak.
Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight.
- Milton.
2.Most advanced; most correct or complete; as, the best scholar; the best view of a subject.
3.Most; largest; as, the best part of a week.
Best man
the only or principal groomsman at a wedding ceremony.
n.1.Utmost; highest endeavor or state; most nearly perfect thing, or being, or action; as, to do one's best; to the best of our ability.
At best
in the utmost degree or extent applicable to the case; under the most favorable circumstances; as, life is at best very short.
For best
finally.
To get the best of
to gain an advantage over, whether fairly or unfairly.
- Milton.
To make the best of
a - To improve to the utmost; to use or dispose of to the greatest advantage.
b - To reduce to the least possible inconvenience; as, to make the best of ill fortune or a bad bargain.
- Bacon.
adv.1.In the highest degree; beyond all others.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small.
- Coleridge.
2.To the most advantage; with the most success, case, profit, benefit, or propriety.
Had we best retire? I see a storm.
- Milton.
Had I not best go to her?
- Thackeray.
3.Most intimately; most thoroughly or correctly; as, what is expedient is best known to himself.
v. t.1.To get the better of.

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