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Definition of best:

  1. Superl. of good, good or excellent in the highest degree; most desirable. At best, in the utmost degree or extent. To the best of, to the utmost extent of. To make the best of, to realize the most that one can out of anything; to make the most of. The best of the way, the greater part.
  2. Superl. of well, in the highest degree; beyond all others; most easily, successfully, & c.
  3. Utmost; highest endeavour, as to do one's best. See Better.

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This graph shows how "best" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.

Examples of usage for best:

  1. He said that in this one matter he knew best. "The Devil's Garden" , W. B. Maxwell.
  2. " One of the best," said Doggie. "The Rough Road" , William John Locke.
  3. " I've been doing my best to tell you so," said Doggie. "The Rough Road" , William John Locke.

Quotes for best:

  1. I've gotten my butt kicked by the best. Jet Li beat me up the best, but Steven Segal can still kick a good butt. It's a different kind of kicking, though. - Anthony Anderson
  2. The best way in the world to advertise is to get somebody else to run around with the name of your product on their person or showing it around somewhere and not only that but they're paying for it. - Majel Barrett
  3. The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance- the idea that anything is possible. - Ray Bradbury
  4. Governments allocate enormous resources for social programs. And it is true that for many years we have had one of the best social service systems in the world. Yet we are still incapable of meeting the needs of tens of thousands of Canadian families. - Kim Campbell
  5. Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues. - Tony Snow

Idioms for best:

  1. had best/ better
  2. one's best bib and tucker
  3. old poacher makes the best gamekeeper
  4. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst
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