I. adjective, superlative of good Etymology: Middle English, from Old English betst; akin to Old English bōt remedy — more at better Date: before 12th century 1. excelling all others <
the best student
2. most productive of good ; offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction <
what is the best thing to do
3. most, largest <
it rained for the best part of their vacation
II. adverb, superlative of well Date: before 12th century 1. in the best way ; to greatest advantage <
some things are best left unsaid
2. most <
those best able will provide needed support
III. noun (plural best) Date: before 12th century 1. the best state or part 2. one that is best <
the best falls short
3. the greatest degree of good or excellence 4. a. one's maximum effort <
do your best
b. a best performance or achievement <
ran a new personal best
5. best clothes <
Sunday best
IV. transitive verb Date: 1863 to get the better of ; outdo V. verbal auxiliary Date: 1914 had best <
you best listen

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