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English definition of “best”


verb [T] (DEFEAT)   /best/
to defeat someone in a fight or competition : In chess , I was bested by my 13-year-old niece .
(Definition of best verb (DEFEAT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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