best

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English beste, from Old English betst, betest (best), from Proto-Germanic *batistaz (best), from Proto-Indo-European *bhAd- (good). Cognate with Scots best (best), West Frisian best (best), Dutch best (best), Low German best (best), German beste (best), Danish bedst (best), Swedish bäst (best), Icelandic bestur (best). More at better.

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Adjective[edit]

best

  1. superlative form of good: most good.
    I can either be your best friend or your worst enemy.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      When he is best, he is a little worse than a man.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Heaven's last, best gift
    • 2013 August 10, Schumpeter, “Cronies and capitols”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. [] Governments have to find the best people to fill important jobs: there is a limited supply of people who understand the financial system, for example. But governments must also remember that businesses are self-interested actors who will try to rig the system for their own benefit.
  2. Most; largest.
    Unpacking took the best part of a week.

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Adverb[edit]

best

  1. superlative form of well: most well
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Thou serpent! That name best befits thee.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
      He prayeth best, who loveth best / All things both great and small.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 8, The Younger Set:
      At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy ; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
  2. To the most advantage; with the most success, cause, profit, benefit, or propriety.

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Noun[edit]

best (countable and uncountable, plural bests)

  1. (uncountable) The supreme effort one can make, or has made.
    I did my best.
    My personal best in that race is eighteen minutes, four seconds.
    • 2011 September 28, Tom Rostance, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos”, BBC Sport:
      Home defender Per Mertesacker had to be at his best to stop a dangerous cross from Vassilis Torossidis reaching Djebbour, but moments later Arsenal doubled their lead through Santos.
  2. (countable) The person (or persons) who is (are) most excellent.
  3. something that is best

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Verb[edit]

best (third-person singular simple present bests, present participle besting, simple past and past participle bested)

  1. to surpass in skill or achievement.
  2. (transitive) To beat in a contest;
    • 2010, T. William Phillips, Restless Heart, page 16
      "You did not win because I was sloppy. You bested me, Uncle. I've never seen you fight like that before.”

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch best, from Old Dutch *betst, from Proto-Germanic *batistaz, superlative of *gōdaz. Compare Low German best, English best, West Frisian best, German besten, Danish bedst.

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best

  1. Superlative form of goed; best.
  2. fine, okay
    Mag ik buiten spelen? — Ik vind het best, als je maar voor het eten weer thuis bent.
    May I go and play outside? — It's fine with me, as long as you're back home again before dinner.

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best

  1. quite, rather
    Dat zou best kunnen.
    It's quite possible.

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *betst, from Proto-Germanic *batistaz, superlative of *gōdaz.

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best

  1. best; superlative form of goet

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best

  1. best; superlative form of wel

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

best

  1. indefinite superlative of god

Old Saxon[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

from Proto-Germanic *batistaz (best).

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best

  1. best

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Scots[edit]

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best

  1. superlative form of guid

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  • ill-best (best of a bad lot, best of a poor selection)

Noun[edit]

best (plural bests)

  1. groomsman

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

best c

  1. beast

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