how to pronounce best

/ˈbɛst/

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An example use of best in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… we found one of the best if not the best …”

meanings of best

adjective:

  1. Most superior; most favorable.
  2. Most; largest.
  3. Superlative form of good: most good.

noun:

  1. The person (or persons; or thing or things) that is (are) most excellent.
  2. The supreme effort one can make, or has made.
  3. One's best behavior.

verb:

  1. Had best. It's getting late. You best get on home.
  2. To beat in a contest.
  3. To surpass in skill or achievement.

adverb:

  1. Superlative form of well: most well.
  2. To the most advantage; with the most success, cause, profit, benefit, or propriety.

name:

  1. A surname​.

words with pronunciation similar to best

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