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English definition of “worst”


adverb     /wɜːst/ US  /wɝːst/
B2 the most badly: Small businesses have been worst hit by the recession. Roads in the Tayside region were worst affected by the snow. The students voted him the school's worst-dressed teacher.Worse and worst worst of all B2 used to emphasize what is worst about a situation: We had no food or light, but worst of all, we had no water.
(Definition of worst adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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