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  1. Best is the superlative of good.

  2. Best is the superlative of well.

  3. N-SING: the N The best is used to refer to things of the highest quality or standard.

  4. N-SING: oft poss N Someone's best is the greatest effort or highest achievement or standard that they are capable of.

  5. N-SING: the N If you say that something is the best that can be done or hoped for, you think it is the most pleasant, successful, or useful thing that can be done or hoped for.

  6. ADV-SUPERL: ADV after v, oft the ADV If you like something best or like it the best, you prefer it.

  7. Best is used to form the superlative of compound adjectives beginning with `good' and `well'. For example, the superlative of `well-known' is `best-known'.

  8. See also second best, Sunday best

  9. CONVENTION (formulae) You can say `All the best' when you are saying goodbye to someone, or at the end of a letter.

  10. PHRASE: PHR with cl/group You use best of all to indicate that what you are about to mention is the thing that you prefer or that has most advantages out of all the things you have mentioned.

  11. PHRASE: V inflects, PHR after v If someone does something as best they can, they do it as well as they can, although it is very difficult.

  12. PHRASE: PHR with cl/group You use at best to indicate that even if you describe something as favourably as possible or if it performs as well as it possibly can, it is still not very good.

  13. PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR to-inf If you do your best or try your best to do something, you try as hard as you can to do it, or do it as well as you can.

  14. PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR If you say that something is for the best, you mean it is the most desirable or helpful thing that could have happened or could be done, considering all the circumstances.

  15. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If two people are the best of friends, they are close friends, especially when they have had a disagreement or fight in the past.

  16. PHR-MODAL If you say that someone had best do something or that they'd best do it, you mean they ought to do it. Some people consider this to be non-standard.

  17. PHRASE: V inflects If you say that a particular person knows best, you mean that they have a lot of experience and should therefore be trusted to make decisions for other people.

  18. PHRASE: V inflects If you look your best, you are looking as smart and attractive as you can.

  19. PHRASE: V inflects If you make the best of something, you accept an unsatisfactory situation cheerfully and try to manage as well as you can. In British English, you can also say that you make the best of a bad job.

  20. to the best of your ability see ability

    the best of the bunch see bunch

    to hope for the best see hope

    to the best of your knowledge see knowledge

    best of luck see luck

    the best part see part

    at the best of times see time

    the best of both worlds see world

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Word forms


Positive degreewell
Comparative degreebetter
Superlative degreebest


Positive degreegood
Comparative degreebetter
Superlative degreebest


Common casebestbests
Possessive casebest'sbests'


Positive degreewell
Comparative degreebetter
Superlative degreebest


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)besting
Past Participle (Participle II)bested
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I bestwe best
you bestyou best
he/she/it beststhey best
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am bestingwe are besting
you are bestingyou are besting
he/she/it is bestingthey are besting
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have bestedwe have bested
you have bestedyou have bested
he/she/it has bestedthey have bested
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been bestingwe have been besting
you have been bestingyou have been besting
he/she/it has been bestingthey have been besting
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I bestedwe bested
you bestedyou bested
he/she/it bestedthey bested
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was bestingwe were besting
you were bestingyou were besting
he/she/it was bestingthey were besting
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had bestedwe had bested
you had bestedyou had bested
he/she/it had bestedthey had bested
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been bestingwe had been besting
you had been bestingyou had been besting
he/she/it had been bestingthey had been besting
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will bestwe shall/will best
you will bestyou will best
he/she/it will bestthey will best
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be bestingwe shall/will be besting
you will be bestingyou will be besting
he/she/it will be bestingthey will be besting
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have bestedwe shall/will have bested
you will have bestedyou will have bested
he/she/it will have bestedthey will have bested
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been bestingwe shall/will have been besting
you will have been bestingyou will have been besting
he/she/it will have been bestingthey will have been besting
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would bestwe should/would best
you would bestyou would best
he/she/it would bestthey would best
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be bestingwe should/would be besting
you would be bestingyou would be besting
he/she/it would be bestingthey would be besting
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have bestedwe should/would have bested
you would have bestedyou would have bested
he/she/it would have bestedthey would have bested
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been bestingwe should/would have been besting
you would have been bestingyou would have been besting
he/she/it would have been bestingthey would have been besting
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am bestedwe are bested
you are bestedyou are bested
he/she/it is bestedthey are bested
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being bestedwe are being bested
you are being bestedyou are being bested
he/she/it is being bestedthey are being bested
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been bestedwe have been bested
you have been bestedyou have been bested
he/she/it has been bestedthey have been bested
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was bestedwe were bested
you were bestedyou were bested
he/she/it was bestedthey were bested
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being bestedwe were being bested
you were being bestedyou were being bested
he/she/it was being bestedthey were being bested
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been bestedwe had been bested
you had been bestedyou had been bested
he/she/it had been bestedthey had been bested
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be bestedwe shall/will be bested
you will be bestedyou will be bested
he/she/it will be bestedthey will be bested
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been bestedwe shall/will have been bested
you will have been bestedyou will have been bested
he/she/it will have been bestedthey will have been bested