Meaning of BEST in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ best ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


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.


Best is the superlative of well .

James Fox is best known as the author of White Mischief.


The best is used to refer to things of the highest quality or standard.

We offer only the best to our clients...

He’ll have the best of care.

≠ worst

N-SING : the N


Someone’s best is the greatest effort or highest achievement or standard that they are capable of.

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.

N-SING : oft poss 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.

A draw seems the best they can hope for...

The best we can do is try to stay cool and muddle through.

N-SING : the N


If you like something best or like it the best , you prefer it.

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?

= most

ADV : ADV after v , oft the ADV


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’.


see also second best , Sunday best


You can say ‘ All the best ’ when you are saying goodbye to someone, or at the end of a letter.

Wish him all the best, and tell him we miss him.

CONVENTION [ formulae ]


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.

It was comfortable and cheap: best of all, most of the rent was being paid by two American friends.

PHRASE : PHR with cl / group


If someone does something as best they can , they do it as well as they can, although it is very difficult.

The older people were left to carry on as best they could.

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR after v


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.

This policy, they say, is at best confused and at worst non-existent...

PHRASE : PHR with cl / group


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.

I’ll do my best to find out...

It wasn’t her fault, she was trying her best to help...

PHRASE : V inflects , oft PHR to-inf


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.

Whatever the circumstances, parents are supposed to know what to do for the best.

PHRASE : PHR after v , 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.

Magda is now married to George Callerby and we are the best of friends.

PHRASE : usu v-link PHR


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.

He was convinced that doctors and dentists knew best.

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 .

She instilled in the children the virtues of good hard work, and making the best of what you have.

PHRASE : V inflects


to the best of your ability: see ability

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

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.