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1best/ˈbɛst/adjective
1best
/ˈbɛst/
adjective
Learner's definition of BEST  
superlative form of 1goodor of 2well
: better than all others in quality or value
   b  : most skillful, talented, or successful
: most appropriate, useful, or helpful

best of all

◊ The phrase best of all is often used to refer to the most important or appealing part of something that has many good parts.

next best

◊ A person or thing that is next best is not as good as the best person or thing but is better than all others.

on your best behavior

◊ If you are on your best behavior you are behaving very politely and well.
2best/ˈbɛst/adverb
2best
/ˈbɛst/
adverb
Learner's definition of BEST  
superlative form of 1well
: in the best way : in a way that is better than all others : with the most success or benefit
: to the greatest degree or extent : most

as best you can

orthe best (that) you can
: as well, skillfully, or accurately as you can

had best

◊ If you had best do something, you should do it.
3best/ˈbɛst/noun
3best
/ˈbɛst/
noun
Learner's definition of BEST  
[singular]
the best  : the best person or thing : the best group of people or things
— see also sunday best
: someone's or something's most effective, capable, or successful condition — used in phrases like at your best and at its best
: the highest level that you can do or achieve

(all) for the best

: having or producing a better result — used to say that something will have a good result even though it was not the intended result

(all) the best

◊ If you wish someone (all) the best, you hope that person will be happy and successful.

at best

— used to refer to a result, condition, etc., that is the best one possible even though it is not very good

best of luck

— see 1luck

best (out) of three (five, seven, etc.)

— used to say that the winner of a series of games will be the one who has won the most times after three (five, seven, etc.) games have been played

bring out the best in

◊ If someone or something brings out the best in you, that person or thing helps you to use or show your best qualities.

feel your best

: to feel very healthy

get the best of

◊ If an emotion or feeling gets the best of you, it causes you to do something that you should not do or that you are trying not to do.

know best

orknow what's best
— see 1know

look your best

: to look very good : to look as attractive and pleasant as possible

make the best of

: to use (something) in an effective way
: to deal with (a bad situation) as well as possible

the best is yet to come/be

— used to say that good things have happened but that even better things will happen in the future

to the best of my knowledge

— see knowledge

to the best of your ability

: as well as you are able to

to the best of your belief

— see belief
4best/ˈbɛst/verb
bestsbestedbesting
4best
/ˈbɛst/
verb
bestsbestedbesting
Learner's definition of BEST  
[+ object]
: to do better than (someone or something) : to defeat or outdo (someone or something)
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