1 Best is the superlative of good.
If you want further information the best thing to do is have a word with the driver as you get on the bus..., It's not the best place to live if you wish to develop your knowledge and love of mountains.
2 Best is the superlative of well.
James Fox is best known as the author of White Mischief.
3 n-sing The best is used to refer to things of the highest quality or standard.
the N (Antonym: worst)
We offer only the best to our clients..., He'll have the best of care.
4 n-sing Someone's best is the greatest effort or highest achievement or standard that they are capable of.
oft poss N
Miss Blockey was at her best when she played the piano..., One needs to be a first-class driver to get the best out of that sort of machinery.
5 n-sing 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.
A draw seems the best they can hope for..., The best we can do is try to stay cool and muddle through.
6 adv If you like something best or like it the best, you prefer it.
ADV after v, oft the ADV
The thing I liked best about the show was the music..., Mother liked it best when Daniel got money..., What was the role you loved the best?
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'.
9 You can say `All the best' when you are saying goodbye to someone, or at the end of a letter.
all the best convention
Wish him all the best, and tell him we miss him.
10 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.
best of all phrase PHR with cl/group
It was comfortable and cheap: best of all, most of the rent was being paid by two American friends.
11 If someone does something as best they can, they do it as well as they can, although it is very difficult.
as best one can phrase V inflects, PHR after v
The older people were left to carry on as best they could.
12 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.
at best phrase PHR with cl/group
This policy, they say, is at best confused and at worst non-existent...
13 If you do your best or try your bestto do something, you try as hard as you can to do it, or do it as well as you can.
to do/try one's best phrase V inflects, oft PHR to-inf
I'll do my best to find out..., It wasn't her fault, she was trying her best to help...
14 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.
for the best phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
Whatever the circumstances, parents are supposed to know what to do for the best.
15 If two people are the best of friends, they are close friends, especially when they have had a disagreement or fight in the past.
the best of friends phrase usu v-link PHR
Magda is now married to George Callerby and we are the best of friends.
16 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.
to know best phrase V inflects
He was convinced that doctors and dentists knew best.
17 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.
to make the best of sth/a bad job phrase V inflects
She instilled in the children the virtues of good hard work, and making the best of what you have.
to the best of your ability →
to hope for the best →
to the best of your knowledge →
best of luck →
the best part →
at the best of times →
the best of both worlds →
The best man at a wedding is the man who assists the bridegroom. n-sing
best seller ( best sellers plural ) , bestseller A best seller is a book of which a great number of copies has been sold. n-count
best-selling , bestselling
1 adj A best-selling product such as a book is very popular and a large quantity of it has been sold.
2 adj A best-selling author is an author who has sold a very large number of copies of his or her book.
personal best ( personal bests plural ) A sports player's personal best is the highest score or fastest time that they have ever achieved. n-count usu sing
She ran a personal best of 13.01 sec.
second best , second-best
1 adj Second best is used to describe something that is not as good as the best thing of its kind but is better than all the other things of that kind.
usu ADJ n
He put on his second best suit...
2 adj You can use second best to describe something that you have to accept even though you would have preferred something else.
He refused to settle for anything that was second best.
Second best is also a noun., n-sing
Oatmeal is a good second best.
If you are in your Sunday best, you are wearing your best clothes, which you only wear for special occasions. n-sing poss N