Definition of "best" []

  • Surpassing all others in excellence, achievement, or quality; most excellent: the best performer; the best grade of ore. (adjective)
  • Most satisfactory, suitable, or useful; most desirable: the best solution; the best time for planting. (adjective)
  • Greatest; most: He spoke for the best part of an hour. (adjective)
  • Most highly skilled: the best doctor in town. (adjective)
  • In a most excellent way; most creditably or advantageously. (adverb)
  • Most excellent of a particular group, category, etc (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Most suitable, advantageous, desirable, attractive, etc (adjective)
  • In a manner surpassing all others; most excellently, advantageously, attractively, etc (adverb)
  • In or to the greatest degree or extent; most (adverb)
  • The most excellent, pleasing, or skilled quality or condition (noun)
  • The most effective effort of which a person or group is capable (noun)
  • A winning majority (noun)
  • Best wishes (noun)
  • A person's smartest outfit of clothing (noun)
  • To gain the advantage over or defeat (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "best" in a sentence
  • "See best toys for newborn to 3-month-old babies,  best toys for babies 4-10 months old, and best toys for babies 9 months to 1 year old for more buying advice."
  • "In town, Letebele, Kodumela's driver, dropped me off at CashBuild to get my first of 3 quotations you get 3 and then pick the best prices and best materials."
  • "Honestly, in my heart of hearts, I believe that McPalin at best, * at best* don't care whether or not people at their rallies voice homicidal intentions towards Obama."