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Meaning of “best” - Learner’s Dictionary

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
Translations of “best”
in Chinese (Traditional) 最好的人(或事物)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最好的人(或事物)…
(Definition of best noun from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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