Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “best”

best

noun
 
 
/best/
the best B1 someone or something that is better than any other: He's the best of the new players.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good
at best used to show that the most positive way of considering something is still not good: At best, only 50 per cent of babies born at 24 weeks will survive.Not good enough
at his/its, etc best B1 at the highest level of achievement or quality: The article is an example of journalism at its best.Extremely good
do/try your best B1 to make the greatest effort possible: I did my best to persuade him.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
bring out the best in sb to cause someone's best qualities to showMaking things betterBecoming better
make the best of sth B2 to try to be positive about a situation you do not like but cannot change: Our hotel room is rather small, but we'll just have to make the best of it.Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring
for the best If something is for the best, it seems unpleasant now, but will improve a situation in the future: Divorce is always painful, but it really was for the best.Making things betterBecoming better
at the best of times used to show that something is not good when it is the best it can be: He's not exactly patient at the best of times.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good
(Definition of best noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “best” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More