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Adjective: best  best
  1. (superlative of 'good') having the most positive qualities
    "the best film of the year"; "the best solution"; "the best time for planting"; "wore his best suit"
     
  2. (comparative and superlative of 'well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
    "the White House thought it best not to respond";
    - better
Adverb: best  best
  1. In a most excellent way or manner
    "he played best after a couple of martinis"
     
  2. In a way that would be for the best or sensible
    "you'd best stay at home"
     
  3. From a position of superiority or authority
    "father knows best";
    - better
Noun: best  best
  1. The supreme effort one can make
    "they did their best"
     
  2. The person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others
    "he could beat the best of them";
    - topper [Brit], crème de la crème
Verb: best  best
  1. Get the better of
    "the goal was to best the competition";
    - outdo, outflank, trump, scoop, outgun
Noun: Best
  1. Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)
    - C. H. Best, Charles Herbert Best
Adjective: good (better,best)  gûd
  1. Having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
    "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"; "when she was good she was very very good"
     
  2. Having the normally expected amount
    "a good mile from here"; "gives good measure";
    - full
     
  3. Morally admirable
     
  4. Deserving of esteem and respect
    "ruined the family's good name";
    - estimable, honorable [US], respectable, honourable [Brit, Cdn]
     
  5. Promoting or enhancing well-being
    "the experience was good for her";
    - beneficial
     
  6. Agreeable or pleasing
    "we all had a good time"; "good manners"
     
  7. Of moral excellence
    "a genuinely good person";
    - just, upright
     
  8. Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
    "a good mechanic";
    - adept, expert, practiced [N. Amer], proficient, skillful [N. Amer], skilful [Brit, Cdn], practised [Brit, Cdn]
     
  9. Thorough
    "gave the house a good cleaning"; "had a good workout";
    - proper
     
  10. With or in a close or intimate relationship
    "a good friend";
    - dear, near
     
  11. Financially sound
    "a good investment";
    - dependable, safe, secure
     
  12. Most suitable or right for a particular purpose
    "a good time to plant tomatoes";
    - right, ripe
     
  13. Resulting favourably
    "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed";
    - well
     
  14. Exerting force or influence
    "a warranty good for two years";
    - effective, in effect, in force
     
  15. Capable of pleasing
    "good looks"
     
  16. Appealing to the mind
    "good music";
    - serious
     
  17. In excellent physical condition
    "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg";
    - sound
     
  18. Tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
    "a good night's sleep";
    - salutary
     
  19. Not forged
    "a good dollar bill";
    - honest
     
  20. Not left to spoil
    "the meat is still good";
    - undecomposed, unspoiled, unspoilt
     
  21. Generally admired
    "good taste"

Derived forms: bests, besting, bested

See also: acceptable, advantageous, advisable, ample, angelic, angelical, bang-up, beatific, better, bully, champion, close, complete, corking [Brit, informal], cracking [Brit, informal], dandy, discriminating, echt, favorable [US], favourable [Brit, Cdn], first, foremost, fortunate, fresh, genuine, good, good enough, goodish, goodness, goody-goody, go-to-meeting, great, groovy, grouse [Austral, NZ], healthful, healthy, high-grade, hot, incomparable, intellectual, keen, lovely, magnificent, moral, neat, nice, nifty, not bad, obedient, operative, opportune, optimal, optimum, peachy, pleasing, primo, prizewinning, quality, record-breaking, redeeming, redemptive, reputable, respectable, right, righteous, ripper [Austral], sainted, saintlike, saintly, satisfactory, saving, second-best, skilled, slap-up, smashing, solid, sound, Sunday-go-to-meeting, superb, superfine, superior, swell, top, top-grade, top-quality, uncomparable, unexceeded, unexcelled, unsurpassable, unsurpassed, virtuous, well behaved, well-behaved, white, world-beating, world-class, worthy

Type of: attempt, beat, beat out, crush, effort, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], individual, mortal, person, physiologist, shell, somebody, someone, soul, trounce, try, vanquish

Antonym: bad, evil, worst

Encyclopedia: Best, Sigismund Payne

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