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best

adjective uk   /best/ us  
A1 of the highest quality, or being the most suitable, pleasing, or effective type of thing or person: This is the best meal I've ever had. He's one of our best students. Are you sure this is the best way of doing it? What's the best (= shortest or quickest) way to get to the station? Your parents only want what is best for you. She was my best friend (= the friend I liked most). It's best (= it is wise) to get to the supermarket early.

best

adverb uk   /best/ us  
B1 in the most suitable, pleasing, or satisfactory way, or to the greatest degree: Which evening would suit you best for the party? The Grand Canyon is best seen at sunset. He couldn't decide which one he liked best (= preferred). to the greatest degree when used as the superlative of adjectives beginning with "good" or "well": They were the best-dressed couple at the party. He was voted the best-looking (= most attractive) actor in Hollywood. as best you can mainly UK as well as you can: It is a difficult passage, but just translate it as best you can.

best

noun [S] uk   /best/ us  
B1 the most excellent in a group of things or people: My tastes are simple - I only like the best. He wanted the best for his children - good schools, a nice house, and trips abroad. I like all of Hitchcock's films, but I think "Notorious" is the best. Chris and I are the best of friends (= we are very close friends). all the best! A2 mainly UK informal used to say goodbye or to end a letter to someone you know well at best C2 even when considered in the most positive way: The food was bland at best, and at worst completely inedible. at its best B1 at the highest standard that can be achieved: The documentary was an example of investigative journalism at its best. be at your best to be as active or intelligent as you can be: I'm not at my best in the morning. best of all B2 this is the most pleasing thing: There was wonderful food, good company, and, best of all, a jazz band. best of luck used to wish someone success before an exam or a difficult activity: Best of luck with your exams! We would like to wish you the (very) best of luck with your move to the States. the best of In a sport such as tennis, if you play the best of a particular number of games, you play that number of games and the winner is the player who wins the greatest number of those games: Shall we play the best of five? do/try your best B1 to make the greatest effort possible: It doesn't matter if you fail, just do your best. have had the best of If you have had the best of something, you have enjoyed the most pleasant part of it, and everything that is left is worse: I think we've already had the best of the hot weather this summer. to the best of your ability as well as you can: Just do the job to the best of your ability. to the best of my knowledge/belief B2 from what I know and understand from the information that I have: To the best of my knowledge, the chemicals which were found are not dangerous. for the best C2 If an action is for the best, it is done to improve a situation or produce a good result, although it might seem unpleasant at the time: Ending a relationship is always hard but in this case it's for the best. make the best of B2 to make an unsatisfactory situation as pleasant as possible: We'll have to spend the night here, so we might as well make the best of it.

best

verb [T] uk   /best/ formal us  
to defeat someone in a fight or competition: He bested his opponent in just two rounds.
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