1. best, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

usage: the supreme effort one can make; "they did their best"

2. best, topper, person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul

usage: the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others; "he could beat the best of them"

3. Best, C. H. Best, Charles Herbert Best

usage: Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)


1. outdo, outflank, trump, best, scoop, beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

usage: get the better of; "the goal was to best the competition"


1. best (vs. worst), champion, prizewinning, high-grade, top-quality, top-grade, first, foremost, world-class, go-to-meeting(prenominal), Sunday-go-to-meeting(prenominal), optimum, optimal, primo, record-breaking, second-best, superfine, unexcelled, unexceeded, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, good, incomparable#1, uncomparable, superior, top

usage: (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities; "the best film of the year"; "the best solution"; "the best time for planting"; "wore his best suit"

2. better(predicate), best(predicate), advisable (vs. inadvisable)

usage: (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be better to speak to him"; "the White House thought it best not to respond"


1. best (vs. worst), champion, prizewinning, high-grade, top-quality, top-grade, first, foremost, world-class, go-to-meeting(prenominal), Sunday-go-to-meeting(prenominal), optimum, optimal, primo, record-breaking, second-best, superfine, unexcelled, unexceeded, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, good, incomparable#1, uncomparable, superior, top

usage: having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"

2. better(predicate), best(predicate), advisable (vs. inadvisable)

usage: having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here"

3. good (vs. bad), bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(predicate), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing, good enough, goodish, hot, redeeming(prenominal), satisfactory, acceptable, solid, superb, well-behaved, well behaved, best, better, favorable#1, favourable, good, obedient, respectable

usage: morally admirable

4. full, good, ample (vs. meager)

usage: deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name"

5. good (vs. evil), angelic, angelical, beatific, saintlike, saintly, sainted, goody-goody, redemptive, redeeming(prenominal), saving(prenominal), white, good, moral, right, righteous, virtuous, worthy

usage: promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her"

6. estimable, good, honorable, respectable, reputable (vs. disreputable)

usage: agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good manners"

7. beneficial, good, advantageous (vs. disadvantageous)

usage: of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"

8. good, nice (vs. nasty)

usage: having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching"

9. good, just, upright, righteous (vs. unrighteous)

usage: thorough; "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning"

10. adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful, skilled (vs. unskilled)

usage: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

11. good, complete (vs. incomplete)

usage: financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment"

12. dear, good, near, close (vs. distant)

usage: most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes"

13. dependable, good, safe, secure, sound (vs. unsound)

usage: resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well"

14. good, right, ripe, opportune (vs. inopportune)

usage: exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)"

15. good, well(predicate), fortunate (vs. unfortunate)

usage: capable of pleasing; "good looks"

16. effective, good, in effect(predicate), in force(predicate), operative (vs. inoperative)

usage: appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book"

17. good, pleasing (vs. displeasing)

usage: in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body"

18. good, serious, intellectual (vs. nonintellectual)

usage: tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air"

19. good, sound, healthy (vs. unhealthy)

usage: not forged; "a good dollar bill"

20. good, salutary, healthful (vs. unhealthful)

usage: not left to spoil; "the meat is still good"

21. good, honest, genuine (vs. counterfeit), echt

usage: generally admired; "good taste"


1. best

usage: in a most excellent way or manner; "he played best after a couple of martinis"

2. best

usage: it would be sensible; "you'd best stay at home"

3. better, best

usage: from a position of superiority or authority; "father knows best"; "I know better."


1. best

usage: (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); "the children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis"; "a well-seasoned dish"; "a well-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good"

2. best

usage: thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form; "The problem is well understood"; "she was well informed"; "shake well before using"; "in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"; "well-done beef", "well-satisfied customers"; "well-educated"

3. better, best

usage: indicating high probability; in all likelihood; "I might well do it"; "a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"; "you may well need your umbrella"; "he could equally well be trying to deceive us"

4. well, good

usage: (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully; "a book well worth reading"; "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"; "suspected only too well what might be going on"

5. well

usage: to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree; "the project was well underway"; "the fetus has well developed organs"; "his father was well pleased with his grades"

6. well, easily

usage: favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book"

7. well

usage: to a great extent or degree; "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"; "painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"; "the house has fallen considerably in value"; "the price went up substantially"

8. well

usage: with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well"

9. well

usage: with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"

10. well, considerably, substantially

usage: with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well"

11. well, intimately

usage: in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"

12. well

usage: in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"

13. well

usage: without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"

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