Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the supreme effort one can make
  2. (noun, person) the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others
  3. (noun, person) Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)
  4. (verb, competition) get the better of
  5. (adj, all) (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable
    the White House thought it best not to respond
  6. (adj, all) (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
    the best solution
    the best time for planting
    wore his best suit
  7. (adv, all) it would be sensible
  8. (adv, all) in a most excellent way or manner
  9. (adv, all) from a position of superiority or authority
    I know better.

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Best


Origin of the word Best

  1. O.E., reduced by assimilation of -t- from earlier O.E. betst "best, first, in the best manner," originally superlative of bot "remedy, reparation," the root word now only surviving in to boot (see boot (2)), though its comparative, better, and superlative, best, transferred to good (and in some cases well). From P.Gmc. root *bat-, with … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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