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Synonyms of best in English:


  • 1 the best hotel in Paris
    finest, greatest, top, foremost, leading, pre-eminent, premier, prime, first, chief, principal, supreme, of the highest quality, superlative, unrivalled, second to none, without equal, nonpareil, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, peerless, matchless, unparalleled, unbeaten, unbeatable, unexcelled, optimum, optimal, ultimate, surpassing, incomparable, ideal, perfect;
    British  top of the range;
    chiefly US  top of the line;
    informal star, number-one, one-in-a-million, a cut above the rest, top-drawer
    rare unexampled
    [Antonyms] worst
  • 2 do whatever you think best
    most advantageous, most suitable, most fitting, most appropriate, most apt;
    most prudent, most sensible, most advisable, most desirable
  • adverb

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  • 1 the best-dressed man in Britain
    to the highest standard, in the best way
    [Antonyms] worst
  • 2 the food he liked best
    most, to the highest/greatest degree
    [Antonyms] least
  • 3 this is best done at home
    most sensibly, most prudently, most wisely, most suitably, most fittingly, most advantageously, most usefully;
  • Phrases

    had best
    I'd best be going


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  • 1 people for whom only the best will do
    finest, top, cream, choice, choicest, prime, elite, crème de la crème, flower, jewel in the crown, nonpareil
    informal the tops, the pick of the bunch
  • 2 he always tries to see the best in others
    most favourable/pleasant aspect, best point;
    advantage, asset, virtue, good point
  • 3 she dressed in her best
    best clothes, finery, Sunday best
    informal best bib and tucker, glad rags
  • 4 give her my best when you see her
  • Phrases

    at one's best
    Lily was not at her best yesterday
    on top form, in the pink, in great shape, in the best of health;
    peak, prime
    British informal on song
    rare in fine feather
    do one's best
    Caroline had done her best to help him
    do one's utmost, try one's hardest, try as hard as one can, make every effort, spare no effort, do all one can, give one's all, be at pains
    North American informal do one's darnedest/durnedest
    Australian informal go for the doctor


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  • informal he won't like being bested by a woman
    defeat, beat, get the better of, gain the advantage over, get the upper hand over, outdo, outwit, outsmart, worst, be more than a match for, prevail over, conquer, vanquish, trounce, triumph over;
    surpass, outclass, outshine, put someone in the shade, overshadow, eclipse
    informal lick, get one over on
    US informal own
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